Show HN: – Mathematics pastebin written in Common Lisp

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by susam


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Pretty neat! I see that you’re using Hunchentoot — are you concerned that it interns HTTP header names in the KEYWORD package? It means that a malicious client can use up all your RAM by submitting requests with random header names.

susam OP
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Thank you for your comment. This is a great point! I had not considered this earlier but after looking at it is clear that this could potentially lead to denial of service.

I have now updated the Nginx configuration to block arbitrary headers coming from the remote client and explicitly pass only a limited set of headers to Hunchentoot. So now I have something like this in the Nginx reverse proxy configuration:

  proxy_pass_request_headers off;
  proxy_set_header Accept $http_accept;
  proxy_set_header Content-Length $http_content_length;
  proxy_set_header Content-Type $http_content_type;
  proxy_set_header If-Modified-Since $http_if_modified_since;
  proxy_set_header Referer $http_referer;
  proxy_set_header User-Agent $http_user_agent;
  proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $remote_addr;
I will push this configuration to the GitHub repository too sometime this weekend.
susam OP
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Here's an update. The Nginx reverse proxy configuration update to work around the memory leakage issue in Hunchentoot has now been pushed to the GitHub repository of too.


Nginx configuration:

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This is a pretty subtle security "gotcha" for any program that wants to be clever and intern user-provided inputs as keywords. Good to know!

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A simple fix that would be to intern all valid header names into the keyword package on startup, and then when processing a request, use FIND-SYMBOL against the keyword package rather than INTERN. If that fails, just drop that header.

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I'd be happy to see a discussion on the issue:

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Nice to know about this, and congratulations for its 10th anniversary.

Given that it's not that old, and it's still actively used I wonder why people never include it in the list of recent Common Lisp code bases, for new users to take a look.

It's always the same recommendations.

susam OP
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Thank you! Until a few years ago, this project ran on PHP. It was then later rewritten in Common Lisp. I published the Common Lisp source code for this website only about a week ago. That's why I thought of making this "Show HN" post today.

Until now, the source code published on GitHub has usually been a few versions behind the live website running at but I am hoping that in future, I will keep the source code on GitHub as recent and as updated as possible.

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I will definitely use this. I've been looking for something like this to quickly share my ideas with other students.

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The demo really does look nice; I'm bookmarking this right now.

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I will use this! I wish I had known about it sooner!