Ruby on Rails Static Analysis Security Tool

Dangerous Send

Using unfiltered user data to select a Class or Method to be dynamically sent is dangerous.

It is much safer to whitelist the desired target or method.

Unsafe use of method:

method = params[:method]
@result = User.send(method.to_sym)


method = params[:method] == 1 ? :method_a : :method_b
@result = User.send(method, *args)

Unsafe use of target:

table = params[:table]
model = table.classify.constantize
@result = model.send(:method)


target = params[:target] == 1 ? Account : User
@result = target.send(:method, *args)

Including user data in the arguments passed to an Object#send is safe, as long as the method can properly handle potentially bad data.


args = params["args"] || []
@result = User.send(:method, *args)

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