[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] lavf/img2dec: change the default pattern to none

Marton Balint cus at passwd.hu
Sun Jan 17 20:28:32 CET 2016

On Sun, 17 Jan 2016, Carl Eugen Hoyos wrote:
> Marton Balint <cus <at> passwd.hu> writes:
>> The current default pattern type, glob_sequence is 
>> deprecated for almost 3.5 years, 
> Sorry if I misunderstand: When was it deprecated?

In commit 3a06ea84 at 2012-08-06 by Stefano.

>> before removing it, we need a new, sensible pattern 
>> default. I suggest "none" which turns off pattern 
>> matching, because using the filename as a pattern 
>> can be a security risk exposing other files in the 
>> source directory,
> Is the current default a security risk or would 
> another default be?

The current pattern matching is a risk, any pattern matching by default 
can be a risk, that is why I proposed "none".

Think about a web application putting user uploaded content to a 
directory, then the web application transcodes it with ffmpeg. If a 
malicous user uploads a file with a crafted name which is interpreted as a 
pattern, then the output of the transcoding can contain some or all of the 
existing files in the source folder leaking other user's data.

>> and can also cause problems for file names which 
>> are patterns by themselves.

Have you tried transcoding an image with a percent sign in the file name? 
It won't work because % is interpreted as a pattern so you have to use 
god know's what escaping... But you only have to do that for file names 
which are handled by the image2 demuxer...

> I apparently don't understand why this patch is 
> necessary but it certainly will make many users 
> unhappy.

You, and wm4 are right about that. It does break compatibility, but to fix 
this issue, I think it is inevitable sooner or later.

When is a good time to break compatibility? The next release will be a 
new major ffmpeg version, IMHO we should do this before that.


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