Taint problems

Glenn Steen glenn.steen at gmail.com
Wed Apr 20 13:47:27 IST 2011

On 20 April 2011 12:48, Alessandro Bianchi <alex at skynet-srl.com> wrote:
> Hi folks
> I discovered that the problems that forced me to run MS as root were
> originated by taint mode errors.
> Something has happened on my Fedora 14 Systems so that MS spits a load of
> taint errors and dies.
> Here there are some of them:
> /usr/lib/MailScanner/MailScanner/Lock.pm line 358
> /usr/lib/MailScanner/MailScanner/Message.pm line 538
> Insecure dependency in chown while running with -T switch at
> /usr/lib/MailScanner/MailScanner/Message.pm line 1381.
> /usr/lib/MailScanner/MailScanner/Message.pm line 2418

So... What updates did you do? Do you install perl via yum and the
MailScanner modules via Jules packaging? That is, expecially on such a
volatile distro as Fedora, a recipe for failure... as you've noticed.

There's been a few messages along these lines on the list recently
(perhaps not to do with Fedora specifically, but with systems where
the perl updates presume that all perl modules (like File::Copy) is
installed from the same repo)... So I suggest you spend some of your
nightly travails on searching the list for possibly more sane
solutions and stratagems.
A very common strategy (since Jules develops MS for it:-) is to use
something very stable, like CentOS, and perhaps see to it that one
only shop for perl modules from one source (or as few as possible, at

-- Glenn
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