environ function patch for review

Sean C. Farley scf at FreeBSD.org
Fri Dec 4 00:04:48 UTC 2009

Regarding the recent security issue with the unsetenv() calls in rtld, I 
have made a patch[1] I would like reviewed prior to commit.  It changes 
the behavior of all the *env() routines that cause an internal 
environment to be created.  This is putenv(), setenv() and unsetenv(). 
getenv() will not cause an internal environment to be created.  I have 
tested the patch without the rltd fix, and it prevents the security 

Instead of returning an error when tripping upon a corrupt environment, 
it will return an error when the caller passes bad argument(s) (EINVAL) 
or if unable to allocate memory (ENOMEM).  Except for the possibility 
for ENOMEM, this should make the behavior the same as FreeBSD 6 and 

Another commit[2] will also be made, but it mainly changes a comment to 
better reflect the search order in getenv().  Changing the comment was 
recommended by Brian (green), and I concur to the change.  The entire 
commit will not change any code.

The patches will be applied in the order of the comment-only patch and 
then the behavioral patch.

Thank you.

   1. http://people.freebsd.org/~scf/getenv-2.patch
   2. http://people.freebsd.org/~scf/getenv-1.patch
scf at FreeBSD.org

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