I noticed that multi-index (which is under eosio namespace) uses the following to prevent access to another contract's tables:

eosio_assert( _code == current_receiver(), "cannot create objects in table of another contract" );

But current_receiver is a global method defined in action.hpp.

So I wonder (because I don't have access to MacBook or Linux) would it be possible to create a smart contract that defines a function current_receiver() under eosio namespace and circumvent this security check to access another contract's tables?

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You can see the apply_context.cpp, there's three main db operations: db_store_i64, db_update_i64, db_remove_i64, you can't update other tables even if you changed the multi_index definition.

  • There are checks to see the the action receiver is the same as the table code in update and remove but there are no checks in store. I was able to successfully store under another contract using my hack contract. This means that I could potentially harm other users by writing under their code.
    – pavybez
    Aug 14, 2018 at 14:57
  • No, in the db_store_i64, only the receiver create the table, the receiver is not depend on you
    – Jimmy Guo
    Aug 15, 2018 at 2:05

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