Safe Tcl(3tcl)               Tcl Built-In Commands              Safe Tcl(3tcl)


       safe - Creating and manipulating safe interpreters

       ::safe::interpCreate ?slave? ?options...?

       ::safe::interpInit slave ?options...?

       ::safe::interpConfigure slave ?options...?

       ::safe::interpDelete slave

       ::safe::interpAddToAccessPath slave directory

       ::safe::interpFindInAccessPath slave directory

       ::safe::setLogCmd ?cmd arg...?

       ?-accessPath pathList?  ?-statics boolean? ?-noStatics?  ?-nested
       boolean? ?-nestedLoadOk?  ?-deleteHook script?

       Safe Tcl is a mechanism for executing untrusted Tcl scripts safely and
       for providing mediated access by such scripts to potentially dangerous

       Safe Tcl ensures that untrusted Tcl scripts cannot harm the hosting
       application.  It prevents integrity and privacy attacks. Untrusted Tcl
       scripts are prevented from corrupting the state of the hosting
       application or computer. Untrusted scripts are also prevented from
       disclosing information stored on the hosting computer or in the hosting
       application to any party.

       Safe Tcl allows a master interpreter to create safe, restricted
       interpreters that contain a set of predefined aliases for the source,
       load, file, encoding, and exit commands and are able to use the auto-
       loading and package mechanisms.

       No knowledge of the file system structure is leaked to the safe
       interpreter, because it has access only to a virtualized path
       containing tokens. When the safe interpreter requests to source a file,
       it uses the token in the virtual path as part of the file name to
       source; the master interpreter transparently translates the token into
       a real directory name and executes the requested operation (see the
       section SECURITY below for details).  Different levels of security can
       be selected by using the optional flags of the commands described

       All commands provided in the master interpreter by Safe Tcl reside in
       the safe namespace.

       The following commands are provided in the master interpreter:

       ::safe::interpCreate ?slave? ?options...?
              Creates a safe interpreter, installs the aliases described in
              the section ALIASES and initializes the auto-loading and package
              mechanism as specified by the supplied options.  See the OPTIONS
              section below for a description of the optional arguments.  If
              the slave argument is omitted, a name will be generated.
              ::safe::interpCreate always returns the interpreter name.

       ::safe::interpInit slave ?options...?
              This command is similar to interpCreate except it that does not
              create the safe interpreter. slave must have been created by
              some other means, like interp create -safe.

       ::safe::interpConfigure slave ?options...?
              If no options are given, returns the settings for all options
              for the named safe interpreter as a list of options and their
              current values for that slave.  If a single additional argument
              is provided, it will return a list of 2 elements name and value
              where name is the full name of that option and value the current
              value for that option and the slave.  If more than two
              additional arguments are provided, it will reconfigure the safe
              interpreter and change each and only the provided options.  See
              the section on OPTIONS below for options description.  Example
              of use:

                     # Create new interp with the same configuration as "$i0":
                     set i1 [safe::interpCreate {*}[safe::interpConfigure $i0]]

                     # Get the current deleteHook
                     set dh [safe::interpConfigure $i0  -del]

                     # Change (only) the statics loading ok attribute of an
                     # interp and its deleteHook (leaving the rest unchanged):
                     safe::interpConfigure $i0  -delete {foo bar} -statics 0

       ::safe::interpDelete slave
              Deletes the safe interpreter and cleans up the corresponding
              master interpreter data structures.  If a deleteHook script was
              specified for this interpreter it is evaluated before the
              interpreter is deleted, with the name of the interpreter as an
              additional argument.

       ::safe::interpFindInAccessPath slave directory
              This command finds and returns the token for the real directory
              directory in the safe interpreter's current virtual access path.
              It generates an error if the directory is not found.  Example of

                     $slave eval [list set tk_library \
                           [::safe::interpFindInAccessPath $name $tk_library]]

       ::safe::interpAddToAccessPath slave directory
              This command adds directory to the virtual path maintained for
              the safe interpreter in the master, and returns the token that
              can be used in the safe interpreter to obtain access to files in
              that directory.  If the directory is already in the virtual
              path, it only returns the token without adding the directory to
              the virtual path again.  Example of use:

                     $slave eval [list set tk_library \
                           [::safe::interpAddToAccessPath $name $tk_library]]

       ::safe::setLogCmd ?cmd arg...?
              This command installs a script that will be called when
              interesting life cycle events occur for a safe interpreter.
              When called with no arguments, it returns the currently
              installed script.  When called with one argument, an empty
              string, the currently installed script is removed and logging is
              turned off.  The script will be invoked with one additional
              argument, a string describing the event of interest.  The main
              purpose is to help in debugging safe interpreters.  Using this
              facility you can get complete error messages while the safe
              interpreter gets only generic error messages.  This prevents a
              safe interpreter from seeing messages about failures and other
              events that might contain sensitive information such as real
              directory names.

              Example of use:

                     ::safe::setLogCmd puts stderr

              Below is the output of a sample session in which a safe
              interpreter attempted to source a file not found in its virtual
              access path.  Note that the safe interpreter only received an
              error message saying that the file was not found:

                     NOTICE for slave interp10 : Created
                     NOTICE for slave interp10 : Setting accessPath=(/foo/bar) staticsok=1 nestedok=0 deletehook=()
                     NOTICE for slave interp10 : auto_path in interp10 has been set to {$p(:0:)}
                     ERROR for slave interp10 : /foo/bar/init.tcl: no such file or directory

       The following options are common to ::safe::interpCreate,
       ::safe::interpInit, and ::safe::interpConfigure.  Any option name can
       be abbreviated to its minimal non-ambiguous name.  Option names are not
       case sensitive.

       -accessPath directoryList
              This option sets the list of directories from which the safe
              interpreter can source and load files.  If this option is not
              specified, or if it is given as the empty list, the safe
              interpreter will use the same directories as its master for
              auto-loading.  See the section SECURITY below for more detail
              about virtual paths, tokens and access control.

       -statics boolean
              This option specifies if the safe interpreter will be allowed to
              load statically linked packages (like load {} Tk).  The default
              value is true : safe interpreters are allowed to load statically
              linked packages.

              This option is a convenience shortcut for -statics false and
              thus specifies that the safe interpreter will not be allowed to
              load statically linked packages.

       -nested boolean
              This option specifies if the safe interpreter will be allowed to
              load packages into its own sub-interpreters.  The default value
              is false : safe interpreters are not allowed to load packages
              into their own sub-interpreters.

              This option is a convenience shortcut for -nested true and thus
              specifies the safe interpreter will be allowed to load packages
              into its own sub-interpreters.

       -deleteHook script
              When this option is given a non-empty script, it will be
              evaluated in the master with the name of the safe interpreter as
              an additional argument just before actually deleting the safe
              interpreter.  Giving an empty value removes any currently
              installed deletion hook script for that safe interpreter.  The
              default value ({}) is not to have any deletion call back.

       The following aliases are provided in a safe interpreter:

       source fileName
              The requested file, a Tcl source file, is sourced into the safe
              interpreter if it is found.  The source alias can only source
              files from directories in the virtual path for the safe
              interpreter. The source alias requires the safe interpreter to
              use one of the token names in its virtual path to denote the
              directory in which the file to be sourced can be found.  See the
              section on SECURITY for more discussion of restrictions on valid

       load fileName
              The requested file, a shared object file, is dynamically loaded
              into the safe interpreter if it is found.  The filename must
              contain a token name mentioned in the virtual path for the safe
              interpreter for it to be found successfully.  Additionally, the
              shared object file must contain a safe entry point; see the
              manual page for the load command for more details.

       file ?subCmd args...?
              The file alias provides access to a safe subset of the
              subcommands of the file command; it allows only dirname, join,
              extension, root, tail, pathname and split subcommands. For more
              details on what these subcommands do see the manual page for the
              file command.

       encoding ?subCmd args...?
              The encoding alias provides access to a safe subset of the
              subcommands of the encoding command;  it disallows setting of
              the system encoding, but allows all other subcommands including
              system to check the current encoding.

       exit   The calling interpreter is deleted and its computation is
              stopped, but the Tcl process in which this interpreter exists is
              not terminated.

       Safe Tcl does not attempt to completely prevent annoyance and denial of
       service attacks. These forms of attack prevent the application or user
       from temporarily using the computer to perform useful work, for example
       by consuming all available CPU time or all available screen real
       estate.  These attacks, while aggravating, are deemed to be of lesser
       importance in general than integrity and privacy attacks that Safe Tcl
       is to prevent.

       The commands available in a safe interpreter, in addition to the safe
       set as defined in interp manual page, are mediated aliases for source,
       load, exit, and safe subsets of file and encoding. The safe interpreter
       can also auto-load code and it can request that packages be loaded.

       Because some of these commands access the local file system, there is a
       potential for information leakage about its directory structure.  To
       prevent this, commands that take file names as arguments in a safe
       interpreter use tokens instead of the real directory names.  These
       tokens are translated to the real directory name while a request to,
       e.g., source a file is mediated by the master interpreter.  This
       virtual path system is maintained in the master interpreter for each
       safe interpreter created by ::safe::interpCreate or initialized by
       ::safe::interpInit and the path maps tokens accessible in the safe
       interpreter into real path names on the local file system thus
       preventing safe interpreters from gaining knowledge about the structure
       of the file system of the host on which the interpreter is executing.
       The only valid file names arguments for the source and load aliases
       provided to the slave are path in the form of [file join token
       filename] (i.e. when using the native file path formats: token/filename
       on Unix and token\filename on Windows), where token is representing one
       of the directories of the accessPath list and filename is one file in
       that directory (no sub directories access are allowed).

       When a token is used in a safe interpreter in a request to source or
       load a file, the token is checked and translated to a real path name
       and the file to be sourced or loaded is located on the file system.
       The safe interpreter never gains knowledge of the actual path name
       under which the file is stored on the file system.

       To further prevent potential information leakage from sensitive files
       that are accidentally included in the set of files that can be sourced
       by a safe interpreter, the source alias restricts access to files
       meeting the following constraints: the file name must fourteen
       characters or shorter, must not contain more than one dot (“.”), must
       end up with the extension (“.tcl”) or be called (“tclIndex”.)

       Each element of the initial access path list will be assigned a token
       that will be set in the slave auto_path and the first element of that
       list will be set as the tcl_library for that slave.

       If the access path argument is not given or is the empty list, the
       default behavior is to let the slave access the same packages as the
       master has access to (Or to be more precise: only packages written in
       Tcl (which by definition cannot be dangerous as they run in the slave
       interpreter) and C extensions that provides a _SafeInit entry point).
       For that purpose, the master's auto_path will be used to construct the
       slave access path.  In order that the slave successfully loads the Tcl
       library files (which includes the auto-loading mechanism itself) the
       tcl_library will be added or moved to the first position if necessary,
       in the slave access path, so the slave tcl_library will be the same as
       the master's (its real path will still be invisible to the slave
       though).  In order that auto-loading works the same for the slave and
       the master in this by default case, the first-level sub directories of
       each directory in the master auto_path will also be added (if not
       already included) to the slave access path.  You can always specify a
       more restrictive path for which sub directories will never be searched
       by explicitly specifying your directory list with the -accessPath flag
       instead of relying on this default mechanism.

       When the accessPath is changed after the first creation or
       initialization (i.e. through interpConfigure -accessPath list), an
       auto_reset is automatically evaluated in the safe interpreter to
       synchronize its auto_index with the new token list.

       interp(3tcl), library(3tcl), load(3tcl), package(3tcl), source(3tcl),

       alias, auto-loading, auto_mkindex, load, master interpreter, safe
       interpreter, slave interpreter, source

Tcl                                   8.0                       Safe Tcl(3tcl)