[Rubygems-developers] Executing code after installing gem
luislavena at gmail.com
Tue Nov 25 11:31:53 EST 2008
On Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 2:28 PM, Charlie Savage <cfis at savagexi.com> wrote:
>> RubyGems is not designed for arbitrary code execution, which will be a
>> security concern.
> Except it already does by letting a developer specify a Rakefile in
> spec.extensions. That's how I hacked around RubyGems to correctly install
> dependent dlls into the lib directory.
Point taken, but is a flaw, not intentional by design.
Talking in a sudoer powered environment, moving dlls do not apply,
which was the case Matt asked.
> Not to mention the fact that once I have my gem installed, it can pretty
> much do what it wants.
Yep, RubyGems opens the pandora box, having the power doesn't mean we
should abuse of it, so in the future when it gets fixed we don't rant
about loosing that cool feature ;-)
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from
the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent
disinclination to do so.
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