Ticket #13157 (closed defect: fixed)

Opened 8 years ago

Last modified 7 years ago

Double quotes in guestprocess arguments are removed or replaced with a backslash

Reported by: hakito Owned by:
Component: guest control Version: VirtualBox 4.3.12
Keywords: Cc:
Guest type: all Host type: Windows


When executing a command on the guest via vboxmanage guestcontrol exec or the virtualbox api using double quotes within an argument, it get's replaced with a single backslash character in the guest command line.

For example:

vboxmanage guestcontrol Windows7 exec --username user --password pass --image c:\test.bat -- my""quote
vboxmanage guestcontrol Windows7 exec --username user --password pass --image c:\test.bat -- "my""quote"

Expected command lines:

cmd.exe /c c:\test.bat my""quote
cmd.exe /c c:\test.bat "my""quote"

Actual command lines:

cmd.exe /c c:\test.bat myquote
cmd.exe /c c:\test.bat my\quote

Change History

comment:1 Changed 7 years ago by Magnus Madsen

I can verify this error occurs. I've been trying to find the cause in source, and I believe the problem lies with the RTGetOptArgvToString function found in VBox/Runtime/common/misc/getoptargv.cpp. It is used to convert an array of arguments to an argument string.

I'm not certain though, the function doesn't look like it does anything wrong. I think I'll need to set up an environment so I can compile it in order to narrow down where the error occurs.

comment:2 Changed 7 years ago by frank

Should be now fixed in the latest 4.3.x test builds (>= revision 99851). Could you give it a try?

comment:3 Changed 7 years ago by Jacob Klein


I reported on the dev list that Extension installation/updating/removal is now currently broken in the test builds. See:

Is it probable that the solution for this ticket, was the cause of breaking it? The error makes it seem probable, to me.

The installer failed with exit code 1: VBoxExtPackHelperApp.exe: error: argv[0] does not match the executable image path: 'C:Program FilesOracleVirtualBox/VBoxExtPackHelperApp.exe' != 'C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxExtPackHelperApp.exe'.

Can you look into it and reply?

Thanks, Jacob

Version 2, edited 7 years ago by Jacob Klein (previous) (next) (diff)

comment:4 Changed 7 years ago by Jacob Klein

Regarding my problem, Frank replied with:

thanks for the 'heads-up'. Indeed there was a regression in this build. I've just updated the test builds (100087) which include the fix.

Last edited 7 years ago by Jacob Klein (previous) (diff)

comment:5 Changed 7 years ago by frank

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to fixed

Fix is part o VBox 4.3.28.

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