[GRASS5] Future plans for GRASS code (was: How to get monitor background color?)
glynn.clements at virgin.net
Mon, 29 Oct 2001 18:03:29 +0000
Carl Worth wrote:
> > Also, I suspect that this is far from the only place in GRASS where
> > this occurs. GRASS is littered with fixed-size buffers; in most cases,
> > it's just assumed that the buffer will be large enough.
> Yes, this does appear common. And fixing it means changing the API and
> changing *lots* of code, but it could prevent some errors that would
> be very difficult to track down. Another nice benefit would be that it
> could eliminate some arbitrary length limits that currently exist in
> GRASS. Limitations like this can be particularly annoying, (eg. I
> really wish that I could use much longer names for my locations).
Security is another reason for fixing it. Several people have, at some
point, talked about using GRASS as the back-end of a web-based system.
As things stand, any web interface had better check its input very
carefully, otherwise it will create a gaping security hole.
Glynn Clements <email@example.com>