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Manual Reference Pages  -  PARANOID (3)

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NAME

Paranoid - Paranoia support for safer programs

CONTENTS

VERSION

$Id: Paranoid.pm,v 0.36 2012/09/24 23:22:59 acorliss Exp $

SYNOPSIS



  use Paranoid;

  $errMsg = Paranoid::ERROR;

  psecureEnv("/bin:/usr/bin");



DESCRIPTION

This collection of modules started out as modules which perform things (debatably) in a safer and taint-safe manner. Since then it’s also grown to include functionality that fit into the same framework and conventions of the original modules, including keeping the debug hooks for command-line debugging.

All the modules below are intended to be used directly in your programs if you need the functionality they provide.

This module does provide one function meant to secure your environment enough to satisfy taint-enabled programs, and as a container which holds the last reported error from any code in the Paranoid framework.

SUBROUTINES/METHODS

    psecureEnv



  psecureEnv("/bin:/usr/bin");



This function deletes some of the dangerous environment variables that can be used to subvert perl when being run in setuid applications. It also sets the path, either to the passed argument (if passed) or a default of /bin:/usr/bin.

    Paranoid::ERROR



  $errMsg = Paranoid::ERROR;
  Paranoid::ERROR = $errMsg;



This lvalue function is not exported and must be referenced via the <B>ParanoidB> namespace.

TAINT NOTES

Taint-mode programming can be somewhat of an adventure until you know all the places considered dangerous under perl’s taint mode. The following functions should generally have their arguments detainted before using:



  exec        system      open        glob
  unlink      mkdir       chdir       rmdir
  chown       chmod       umask       utime
  link        symlink     kill        eval
  truncate    ioctl       fcntl       chroot
  setpgrp     setpriority syscall     socket
  socketpair  bind        connect



DEPENDENCIES

While this module itself doesn’t have any external dependencies various child modules do. Please check their documentation for any particulars should you use them.

SEE ALSO

The following modules are available for use. You should check their POD for specifics on use:
o Paranoid::Args: Command-line argument parsing functions
o Paranoid::BerkeleyDB: OO-oriented BerkelyDB access with concurrent access capabilities
o Paranoid::Data: Misc. data manipulation functions
o Paranoid::Debug: Command-line debugging framework and functions
o Paranoid::Filesystem: Filesystem operation functions
o Paranoid::Glob: Paranoid Glob objects
o Paranoid::Input: Input-related functions (file reading, detainting)
o Paranoid::Lockfile: Lockfile support
o Paranoid::Log: Unified logging framework and functions
o Paranoid::Module: Run-time module loading functions
o Paranoid::Network: Network-related functions
o Paranoid::Network::IPv4: General IPv4-related functions
o Paranoid::Network::IPv6: General IPv6-related functions
o Paranoid::Network::Socket: Wrapper module for Socket & Socket6
o Paranoid::Process: Process management functions

BUGS AND LIMITATIONS

If your application is sensitive to performance issues then you may be better off not using these modules. The primary focus was on security, robustness, and diagnostics. That said, there’s probably a lot of room for improvement on the performance front.

AUTHOR

Arthur Corliss (corliss@digitalmages.com)

LICENSE AND COPYRIGHT

This software is licensed under the same terms as Perl, itself. Please see http://dev.perl.org/licenses/ for more information.

(c) 2005, Arthur Corliss (corliss@digitalmages.com)

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