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Severe Bug in PerlCtrl

posted by pudge on 2002.01.15 16:50   Printer-friendly
ActiveState writes, "ActiveState has discovered a severe bug in the PerlCtrl component of the Perl Dev Kit that may result in deletion of the filesystem. The bug only occurs for PerlCtrls built using the -clean option.

When these controls are loaded and unloaded into memory without actually instantiating an instance of the control, arbitrary parts of the filesystem may be permanently deleted."

All versions of PerlCtrl released to date are vulnerable. Find out more information from the ActiveState bugs site.

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  • This is a tad off-topic. You've been warned :)>/p>

    Don't get me wrong. I've been fairly pleased with ActiveState Perl. We use it extensively at my company, but there are some serious issues with it that I feel ActiveState really hasn't done enough to address.

    It's pretty common knowledge that PPM support is limited. Many of the modules are old and many CPAN modules don't exist in a PPM version. Savvy users can grab the latest tarball from the CPAN and use nmake on most modules, but those first