[Esa-l] Email Sanitizer hanging

John D. Hardin jhardin at wolfenet.com
Wed Oct 25 20:26:36 PDT 2000

On Wed, 25 Oct 2000, Dan Bongert wrote:

> I have the sanitizer running well under FreeBSD 4.0-RELEASE, and
> it's doing everything as advertised (except mangling HTML and Word
> filenames--my users complained). The only problem I have with it
> is that every so often, perl runs away and takes up as much CPU
> time as possible. This also happened with an unmodified script,

Are you using the most current version of the script? Earlier versions
did have some infinite loops on certain attachment filenames.

Can you gzip and send me a copy of the message it hangs on? 

> and I don't see how my changes might have caused any problem:
>   #MANGLE_EXTENSIONS='html?|exe|com|cmd|bat|pif|sc[rt]|lnk|dll|ocx|do[ct]|xl[swt
> ]|p[po]t|rtf|vb[se]?|hta|p[lm]|sh[bs]|hlp|chm|eml|ws[cfh]|ad[ep]|jse?|md[abew]|m
> s[ip]|reg|asd|cil'
> Is my only change from the stock script.

Ouch. That pretty much completely defangs the sanitizer.

If your users are complaining about mangled .DOC and .HTML attachment
filenames, then cut just those out of MANGLE_EXTENSIONS. Nulling the
entire regex opens you up almost as widely as not having the sanitizer
in place at all, and prevents you from poisoning *any* attachments
proactively (e.g. *.vbs to prevent ILY-style attacks).

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