Detecting fake library versions

Warren Block wblock at
Thu Jun 17 15:04:21 UTC 2010

On Thu, 17 Jun 2010, Matthew Seaman wrote:

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> On 17/06/2010 01:59:04, Warren Block wrote:
>> On Wed, 16 Jun 2010, Warren Block wrote:
>>> "ln -s" has been misused a lot lately.
>>> Are there any programs that will detect these links and remind the
>>> user that they have a new library masquerading as an old one?
>> A quick hack in Ruby to address this:
>> It's not particularly fast or elegant.  On the other hand, it's short
>> and does detect the link above.
> Trying much too hard there.  This command is all you need:
>   find /usr/lib /lib -name '*.so.*' -type l
> Any file named in the base system should be a regular file:
> any symbolic links indicate shlib abuse.
> This is not generally true for shlibs installed from ports, mostly due
> to the prevalence of linuxisms like ABI version numbers that aren't
> simple integers.  Even so, applying a little intelligent scrutiny to the
> list of results will help you sort out any spurious linkage.

Could you expand on this part?

find reports 83 links in /usr/local/lib.  But only the fake 
is linked to a port-created library but not recorded as part of the 
gettext package.

-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA

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