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From the Frontiers of Research to the Heart of the Enterprise
O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
July 22-26, 2002 -- San Diego, CA



Writing Secure Perl Programs
Peter Haworth, Institute of Physics Publishing

Track: Perl
Date: Friday, July 26
Time: 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Location: Grande Ballroom C

This talk is making about sure that the users of your programs are only able to use them in ways which don't cause damage to your, their or anyone else's systems or data.

This basically boils down to treating any information supplied by the user with extreme caution. This talk looks at some of the ways in which the user can cause you programs to behave in unexpected ways, and how you can prevent it from happening.


  • How CGI.pm can break your database
  • Don't let users see every file you own
  • Generating sequence numbers safely
  • Protecting your children from the evils of the shell

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