[ mailman-Bugs-1913963 ] Better error checking for MM list in accept_these_nonmembers

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Bugs item #1913963, was opened at 2008-03-13 17:38
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Category: mail delivery
Group: 2.1 beta
Status: Open
Resolution: None
Priority: 5
Private: No
Submitted By: James E. Blair (corvus_at_gnu)
>Assigned to: Mark Sapiro (msapiro)
Summary: Better error checking for MM list in accept_these_nonmembers

Initial Comment:
As of the 2.1.10 beta series, accept_these_nonmembers and other related fields accept the name of another mailing list in the form "@listname", or "@listname at hostname".

Currently a user can specify a list's own name in its accept_these_nonmembers fields.  This should not be allowed for two reasons:

1) It's confusing for users -- it would be better to simply use a list's own moderation feature rather than specifying that members of a list can post by listing the name of the list in a field where you specify non-members that can post.

2) It causes a new MailList object for a list to be created inside of a section of code that already has a locked MailList object for the same list.  This is a source of potential lock problems that does not occur elsewhere in the Mailman source.

I'm attaching a patch that handles this condition as well as improving the error reporting for the case where the user specifies a list that doesn't exist.

Additionally, the patch adds protection in the GUI so that users are not permitted to enter either the name of the list they are editing, or a list that does not exist (the latter was already a suggestion in the comments).


>Comment By: Mark Sapiro (msapiro)
Date: 2008-03-13 19:01

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You can take it to the bank. Make a release - get a new bug report. ;-)
(2.1.10b4 was packaged and uploaded less than an hour befor this report)

Thanks for the report. I will incorporate at least some of your patch
before the next 2.1.10 release.

A couple of notes.

Regarding 1) - intentionally putting the name of 'this list' in
*_these_nonmembers will never have an effect since a post from anyone who
is a member will be handled based on that members moderate flag, and
*_these_nonmembers will never be consulted. A further argument for
preventing it from being done.

Regarding not allowing a non-existent list name, I decided to allow it at
the time to permit creating a 'list of nonmembers allowed to post', and
adding that list to this list's accept_these_nonmembers to be done in
either order.


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