Launchpadlib support in Ubuntu Developer Tools

Kees Cook kees at
Thu Jan 15 00:48:44 GMT 2009

On Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 12:23:13AM +0000, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 11:18:35AM -0800, Kees Cook wrote:
> >,"w",0600))
> Isn't the third argument to Python's open() the buffer size, not the
> file mode? That's what the documentation says, anyway.

UUuurg, this is what I get for switching languages so much.  :)  Thanks for
catching that.  (Luckily my mkdir worked as expected, which makes the
latter goof less of an issue.)

> I think you need:
>         launchpad = Launchpad.get_token_and_login(sys.argv[0], EDGE_SERVICE_ROOT, cachedir)
>         credfd = open(credfile, "w")
>         os.chmod(credfile, 0600)
>         credfd.close()
> Python didn't have fchmod until 2.6 so this is a little awkward, but it
> does the job.

Now I have to redeem my embarrassment by suggesting this as a way to avoid
the create/chmod race when fchmod is unavailable:

        credfd = tempfile.NamedTemporaryFile(dir=os.path.dirname(credfile)), credfile)

The link will fail if the target exists, and the close will clean up the
original file.  Wheee  :)

Kees Cook
Ubuntu Security Team

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