Asked  8 Months ago    Answers:  5   Viewed   83 times

Greetings, I'm hoping to make my tiny program secure so that potential malicious users cannot view sensitive files on the server.

    $path = "/home/gsmcms/public_html/central/app/webroot/{$_GET['file']}";

    if(file_exists($path)) {
        echo file_get_contents($path);
    } else {
        header('HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found');

Off the top of my head I know that input such as '../../../../../../etc/passwd' would be trouble, but wondering what other malcious inputs I should expect and how to prevent them.



realpath() will let you convert any path that may contain relative information into an absolute can then ensure that path is under a certain subdirectory that you want to allow downloads from.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 8 Months ago

safe2() is clearly htmlspecialchars()

In place of safe1() you should really be using HTMLPurifier to sanitize complete blobs of HTML. It strips unwanted attributes, tags and in particular anything javascriptish. Yes, it's slow, but it covers all the small edge cases (even for older IE versions) which allow for safe HTML user snippet reuse. But check out for alternatives. -- If you really only want to display raw user text there (no filtered html), then htmlspecialchars(strip_tags($src)) would actually work fine.

safe3() screams regular expression. Here you can really only apply a whitelist to whatever you actually want:

var a = "<?php echo preg_replace('/[^-wd .,]/', "", $xss)?>";

You can of course use json_encode here to get a perfectly valid JS syntax and variable. But then you've just delayed the exploitability of that string into your JS code, where you then have to babysit it.

Is it also safe in all browsers (specifically IE6)?

If you specify the charset explicitly, then IE won't do its awful content detection magic, so UTF7 exploits can be ignored.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 8 Months ago

When a webpage is requested from a server. The server looks at the path (i.e. to figure out which file to serve and from where.

As I understand it, what you want to do is have your index.php handle all the requests. The way you would do this to use URL Rewriting.

Assuming you are using an apache web server, you can use something called *mod_rewrite* to do this. See more on mod_rewrite here.

For the specific rules to use, you probably want to use something like the code in V_K's answer.

Saturday, May 29, 2021
answered 5 Months ago

I think PHP itself will check the regex. Here's a sample script I made :

// check for input, and set max size of input
    && @!empty($_POST['text'])
    && strlen($_POST['regex'])<1000
    && strlen($_POST['text'])<2000
    // set script timeout in case something goes wrong (SAFE MODE must be OFF)
    if(!set_time_limit(1)) die('SAFE MODE MUST BE OFF'); // 1 sec is more then enough

    // trim input, it's up to you to do more checks
    // don't trim the text, it can be needed
    // escape slashes
    $regex=preg_replace('/([\/]+)?//', '/', $regex);

    // go for the regex
    if(false===$matched=@preg_match('/'.$regex.'/', $input, $matches)){
            // regex was tested, show results
            echo 'Matches: '.$matched.'<br />';
                    echo 'matches: <br />';
                    foreach($matches as $i =>  $match){
                            echo $i.' = '.$match.'<br />';
    // set back original execution time

Anyways, NEVER EVER use eval() with user submitted strings.

Additionally, you can do some simple minimalistic sanitizing, but that's up to you. ;)

Friday, August 6, 2021
answered 3 Months ago

If you've packaged your application to a jar file, which in turn contains the properties file, you should use the method below. This is the standard way when distributing Java-programs.

URL pUrl = this.getClass().getResource("/path/in/jar/to/");

Properties p = new Properties();

The / in the path points to the root directory in the jar file.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Greg Trevellick
answered 1 Week ago
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