ID: python-security/os-spawn

Language: Python

Severity: Error

Category: Security


Detect unsafe shell execution with the os module. We should ensure the command is safe before execution. Use shlex to sanitize user inputs.

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Non-Compliant Code Examples

import os

directory = "/tmp"

# Use of unsanitized data to create a process
os.spawnl(os.P_WAIT, "/bin/ls")
os.spawnle(os.P_WAIT, "/bin/ls")
os.spawnlp(os.P_WAIT, "/bin/ls")
os.spawnlpe(os.P_WAIT, "/bin/ls")
os.spawnv(os.P_WAIT, "/bin/ls")
os.spawnve(os.P_WAIT, "/bin/ls")
os.spawnvp(os.P_WAIT, "/bin/ls")
os.spawnvpe(os.P_WAIT, "/bin/ls")

os.spawnvpe(os.P_WAIT, "/bin/ls " + directory)

Compliant Code Examples

import os
import shlex

# Use of shlex() to sanitize data
os.spawnl(os.P_WAIT, shlex.escape("/bin/ls"))