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2 points by rocketnia 1618 days ago | link | parent

The news.arc code writes to files. It doesn't use an SQL database.


Even without SQL, code injection is something to worry about. The Arc codebase is a breeding ground for exactly this kind of issue, since it rarely does string escaping. Let's see...

HTML injection (XSS attacks): This is the kind of injection news.arc primarily needs to worry about. Almost every string it passes around is used directly as an HTML code snippet. Fortunately, every user input is sanitized thanks to the form-generating utilities in app.arc.

Shell injection: Make sure that any directory paths passed to (ensure-dir ...) are already shell-escaped. (Arc also invokes the shell in a few other places, but those don't need any extra escaping.)

Format string injection: Be careful about file paths passed to (tofile ...). Everything after the last slash must be a valid 0-argument format string. The format string syntax is described at

Arc injection: The prompt.arc webapp is explicitly designed to let admin users evaluate their own Arc code on the server. If an attacker gained access to this page, it would be worse than any other kind of code injection. Because of this, I don't recommend running prompt.arc on a production site. (If it can't be helped, I recommend at least using HTTPS so admin login credentials and commands can't be intercepted by a man-in-the-middle attack.)