[Haskell-cafe] Re: Bug in runInteractiveProcess?

Donn Cave donn at drizzle.com
Wed Oct 17 01:32:06 EDT 2007

On Oct 16, 2007, at 9:52 PM, Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH wrote:

> On Oct 17, 2007, at 0:39 , Donn Cave wrote:
> ...
>> As for closing file descriptors explicitly - if I remember right  
>> what I've seen
>> in the NetBSD source, the UNIX popen() implementation may years ago
>> have closed all file descriptors, but now it keeps track of the  
>> ones it created,
>> and only closes them.  I think that's the way to go, if closing fds.
> Either implementation causes problems; security folks tend to  
> prefer that all file descriptors other than 0-2 (0-4 on Windows?)  
> be closed, and 0-2(4) be forced open (on /dev/null if they're not  
> already open).  But in this case, the idea is to set FD_CLOEXEC on  
> (and only on) file descriptors opened by the Haskell runtime, so  
> you would get the same effect as tracking file descriptors manually.

I can't speak for security folks, but for me, the way you put it goes  
way too far.
The file descriptors at issue were opened by runInteractiveProcess, and
FD_CLOEXEC on them would solve the whole problem (I think.)  Is that
what you mean?  To set this flag routinely on all file descriptors  
opened in
any way would require a different justification, and it would have to  
be a
pretty good one!

	Donn Cave, donn at drizzle.com

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