Issue #16131 has been updated by Dan0042 (Daniel DeLorme).


I must admit to using taint sometimes in my code, as a way to keep track of dirty/modified status on an object (mea culpa)

```ruby
hash.taint[key] = newvalue
...
save(hash) if hash.tainted?
```

It's probably not common at all. Still, I think since tainted state has been there for such a long time we should not introduce backwards incompatibility (making it a no-op) right away in 2.7. Adding a deprecation warning in 2.7 and then making it a no-op in 3 should be the usual way of handling deprecation no? Although removing the interaction with $SAFE seems ok to me even for 2.7.

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Feature #16131: Remove $SAFE, taint and trust
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/16131#change-81292

* Author: naruse (Yui NARUSE)
* Status: Open
* Priority: Normal
* Assignee: 
* Target version: 
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Ruby had Taint checking which is originally introduced in Perl.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taint_checking

It was intended to provide a useful tool for handle objects which are come from outside.
Input data is set as tainted by default and call untaint if you checked or filtered the value.
Some people used this feature in the age of CGI.

But these days, no one use the mechanism and input libraries usually doesn't support it.
For example rack, as following shows its input is not tainted and the mechanism is unusable.

```
% cat foo.ru
run ->(env) do
  ['200', {'Content-Type' => 'text/plain'}, ["Is QUERY_STRING tainted?: #{env["QUERY_STRING"].tainted?}"]]
end
% rackup foo.ru
[51724] Puma starting in cluster mode...
[51724] * Version 3.12.1 (ruby 2.6.3-p62), codename: Llamas in Pajamas
[51724] * Min threads: 3, max threads: 3
[51724] * Environment: development
[51724] * Process workers: 1
[51724] * Preloading application
[51724] * Listening on tcp://localhost:9292
[51724] Use Ctrl-C to stop
[51737] + Gemfile in context: /Users/naruse/work/td-cdp-api/Gemfile
[51724] - Worker 0 (pid: 51737) booted, phase: 0
```

```
% curl http://localhost:9292/\?foo=1
Is QUERY_STRING tainted?: false
```

Therefore I think Taint checking mechanism is unusable on the current Ruby ecosystem.

On the other hand we experienced multiple vulnerability around $SAFE and taint mechanism.
https://cse.google.com/cse?q=taint&cx=008288045305770251182%3Afvruzsaknew&ie=UTF-8
The cost of maintaining it is expensive.

In conclusion, I think the taint mechanism is too expensive to maintain for the merit of it.
I suggest to remove it.



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