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Loose .zips sink chips: How poisoned archives can hack your computer

Alistair Silver badge
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unpack a compressed file and overwrite system files....

*sigh*

I have a ruby on rails app that has yet to be burnt to the ground. When I inherited it, it was running as root. It took me all of 20 minutes to fix it to run as other than root. Oddly, its using one of these libraries, and it cannot now write to system space. can bugger up it's own install but not the system.

Mine's the one with the flame thrower in the backpack. Looks like I'ma needin that ....

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