[R] Accessing R applications from Web

hadley wickham h.wickham at gmail.com
Thu Apr 19 18:43:52 CEST 2007

> I learned to do this by studying Alfredo Pontillo and Angelo Mineo's
> R-php (http://dssm.unipa.it/R-php). Specifically, look at the file
> pages/result/index.php  They have done lots of other good stuff in
> their project, like filtering dangerous commands - you would not want
> to let a user just type in any R code, because they could seriously
> damage your server.

This is incredibly hard to do with any programming language, and with
R in particular, as there are so many different ways of accessing a

For example, try running the following on their demo site:

a <- get(paste("sys", "tem", sep=""))
a("ls /")


system <- 5

Not to mention the fact that the security check is only performed in
javascript, so could be trivially removed by turning off javascript or
performing the post directly.


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