alpine 3.7
shell weakness #6


Weakness Breakdown


A shell weakness occurs when a program enables an attacker to execute unexpected commands on the operating system.

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This causes a new program to execute and is difficult to use safely.

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The highlighted line of code below is the trigger point of this particular Alpine 3.7 shell weakness.


	strbuf_remove(&buffer, 0, strlen("emacsclient"));
	version = atoi(buffer.buf);

	if (version < 22) {
		return error(_("emacsclient version '%d' too old (< 22)."),

	return 0;

static void exec_woman_emacs(const char *path, const char *page)
	if (!check_emacsclient_version()) {
		/* This works only with emacsclient version >= 22. */
		struct strbuf man_page = STRBUF_INIT;

		if (!path)
			path = "emacsclient";
		strbuf_addf(&man_page, "(woman \"%s\")", page);
		execlp(path, "emacsclient", "-e", man_page.buf, (char *)NULL);
		warning_errno(_("failed to exec '%s'"), path);

static void exec_man_konqueror(const char *path, const char *page)
	const char *display = getenv("DISPLAY");
	if (display && *display) {
		struct strbuf man_page = STRBUF_INIT;
		const char *filename = "kfmclient";

		/* It's simpler to launch konqueror using kfmclient. */
		if (path) {
			size_t len;
			if (strip_suffix(path, "/konqueror", &len))
				path = xstrfmt("%.*s/kfmclient", (int)len, path);
			filename = basename((char *)path);
		} else
			path = "kfmclient";
		strbuf_addf(&man_page, "man:%s(1)", page);
		execlp(path, filename, "newTab", man_page.buf, (char *)NULL);
		warning_errno(_("failed to exec '%s'"), path);

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