B606: start_process_with_no_shell

bandit.plugins.injection_shell.start_process_with_no_shell(context, config)[source]

B606: Test for starting a process with no shell

Python possesses many mechanisms to invoke an external executable. However, doing so may present a security issue if appropriate care is not taken to sanitize any user provided or variable input.

This plugin test is part of a family of tests built to check for process spawning and warn appropriately. Specifically, this test looks for the spawning of a subprocess in a way that doesn’t use a shell. Although this is generally safe, it maybe useful for penetration testing workflows to track where external system calls are used. As such a LOW severity message is generated.

See also:

  • ../plugins/linux_commands_wildcard_injection

  • ../plugins/subprocess_without_shell_equals_true

  • ../plugins/start_process_with_a_shell

  • ../plugins/start_process_with_partial_path

  • ../plugins/subprocess_popen_with_shell_equals_true

Config Options:

This plugin test shares a configuration with others in the same family, namely shell_injection. This configuration is divided up into three sections, subprocess, shell and no_shell. They each list Python calls that spawn subprocesses, invoke commands within a shell, or invoke commands without a shell (by replacing the calling process) respectively.

This plugin specifically scans for methods listed in no_shell section.

        - os.execl
        - os.execle
        - os.execlp
        - os.execlpe
        - os.execv
        - os.execve
        - os.execvp
        - os.execvpe
        - os.spawnl
        - os.spawnle
        - os.spawnlp
        - os.spawnlpe
        - os.spawnv
        - os.spawnve
        - os.spawnvp
        - os.spawnvpe
        - os.startfile

>> Issue: [start_process_with_no_shell] Starting a process without a
   Severity: Low   Confidence: Medium
   CWE: CWE-78 (https://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/78.html)
   Location: examples/os-spawn.py:8
7   os.spawnv(mode, path, args)
8   os.spawnve(mode, path, args, env)
9   os.spawnvp(mode, file, args)

New in version 0.10.0.

Changed in version 1.7.3: CWE information added