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Re: "cvs server" accepts but ignored --allow-root

From: Tim Riker
Subject: Re: "cvs server" accepts but ignored --allow-root
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 22:58:45 -0700
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.1) Gecko/20020913 Debian/1.1-1

patch attached to enable handling --allow-server for "cvs server" use. It's against 1.11.1p1 as I added it to server running the older release, but it's trivial, so applying to 1.11.2 would be easy.

Tim Riker wrote:
It seems that --allow-root is not handled by cvs when using server.

I have found many FAQs on the net that indicate I should setup cvs over ssh using something like:

no-port-forwarding,no-X11-forwarding,no-agent-forwarding,command="/usr/bin/cvs --allow-root=/cvs/limited server" ssh-dss A...ys= address@hidden

Which would then limit cvsroot to /cvs/limited. This is NOT the case. cvs silently accepts the --allow-root, but does not process it. It DOES process it if used with pserver.

Accepting the argument if it will not be handled is a bug.

Not handling the argument if it is accepted it also a bug.

As there are sites using this (or thinking they are using this) now, I would strongly recommend it get added as a feature.

Documenting the non-feature and correctly reporting the error would probably be tougher.

I would think a call to root_allow_ok() from server_root() and making the "error 0" clause in root_allow_ok() be conditional on Pserver_Repos would do the trick.

Tim Riker - http://rikers.org/ - address@hidden
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diff -Naur cvs-1.11.1p1.orig/src/cvs.h cvs-1.11.1p1/src/cvs.h
--- cvs-1.11.1p1.orig/src/cvs.h Tue Apr 24 12:14:53 2001
+++ cvs-1.11.1p1/src/cvs.h      Wed Nov 20 22:15:40 2002
@@ -465,6 +465,7 @@
 void Create_Root PROTO((char *dir, char *rootdir));
 void root_allow_add PROTO ((char *));
 void root_allow_free PROTO ((void));
+int root_allow_used PROTO ((void));
 int root_allow_ok PROTO ((char *));
 char *gca PROTO((const char *rev1, const char *rev2));
diff -Naur cvs-1.11.1p1.orig/src/root.c cvs-1.11.1p1/src/root.c
--- cvs-1.11.1p1.orig/src/root.c        Thu Apr 19 13:45:33 2001
+++ cvs-1.11.1p1/src/root.c     Wed Nov 20 22:09:25 2002
@@ -238,6 +238,12 @@
+root_allow_used ()
+    return root_allow_count != 0;
 root_allow_ok (arg)
     char *arg;
diff -Naur cvs-1.11.1p1.orig/src/server.c cvs-1.11.1p1/src/server.c
--- cvs-1.11.1p1.orig/src/server.c      Wed Nov 20 22:00:49 2002
+++ cvs-1.11.1p1/src/server.c   Wed Nov 20 22:12:54 2002
@@ -760,6 +760,13 @@
                     "E Protocol error: Duplicate Root request, for %s", arg);
+    if (root_allow_used() && !root_allow_ok(arg))
+    {
+       if (alloc_pending (80 + strlen (arg)))
+           sprintf (pending_error_text,
+                    "E Bad root %s", arg);
+       return;
+    }
     if (Pserver_Repos != NULL)

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