[aur-general] [HEADS-UP] Breaking AUR helpers

Lukas Fleischer archlinux at cryptocrack.de
Mon Jun 25 04:26:00 EDT 2012

On Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 01:56:55PM +0930, Gosha Tugai wrote:
> On 06/25/2012 01:18 AM, Daenyth wrote:
> >On Sun, Jun 24, 2012 at 11:45 AM, Dave Reisner <d at falconindy.com> wrote:
> >>On Sun, Jun 24, 2012 at 04:55:39PM +0200, Lukas Fleischer wrote:
> >>>Hi!
> >>>
> >>>I just wanted to let everybody know that I'm about to apply a patch to
> >>>our AUR setup that fixes some CSRF vulnerabilities. This will probably
> >>>break most (all?) AUR helpers (mis)using the AUR HTML interface. AUR
> >>>helpers, that only make use of the RPC interface, won't be affected.
> >>>
> >>>I recommend using the web interface until the affected programs are
> >>>fixed.
> >>burp 1.6.9 deals with this. Coming soon to an [extra] mirror near you.
> >>
> >>Cheers,
> >>dave
> >*buuuurp*. Tasty!
> Does this break just AUR uploaders, or AUR install helpers too i.e.
> cower, aurget etc.?

It shouldn't break download helpers. More generally, everything that
only reads/downloads data from the AUR (especially using the RPC
interface) *should* not be affected.

Tools that include features to flag, vote, notify, write comments,
submit packages, edit accounts, etc. need to be patched.

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