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Re: Re: Document Abstracting and SWISH-E -Reply

From: Mark Gaulin <gaulin(at)>
Date: Thu Sep 09 1999 - 22:04:01 GMT
FYI, perl on NT does not support "fork" (because fork is not supported by
NT). It is one of the few really serious differences between Win32 perl and
the rest of the world.

At 10:44 AM 9/9/99 -0700, Steve van der Burg wrote:
>Roy Tennant <> wrote:
>> I added a link to Steve's work on the SWISH-E Third Part
>> Scripts page at:
>Thanks, Roy.  For anybody who might have already grabbed
>a copy of the code, please grab it again, because the CGI
>program ("search") has just been changed a bit -- I replaced
>the pipe-open with the much safer fork-open + exec that
>bypasses any shell involvement and possible nasty exploits
>that could result.
>I was afraid that someone out there might turn off the
>"clean_spec" code that was protecting against unexpected
>shell expansion, and thus open a security hole.  The new
>version is totally immune to such problems.
>Steve van der Burg
>Technical Analyst, Information Services
>London Health Sciences Centre
>London, Ontario, Canada
>Tel:  +1 519 685-8300 x 35559
Received on Thu Sep 9 15:00:39 1999