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Do not trust cat at the command line

In this excellent post Matthias explains why you can’t put all your trust in cat when inspecting a file:

Terminal escape sequences – the new XSS for Linux sysadmins

Let’s all agree to never trust anything that has been posted on the internet without very thorough inspection. And let’s especially agree to never run an arbitrary command or script found on the internet, without really close inspection.

Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band.