Safely chain scopes with hash conditions
There is a nasty bug in all version of Rails 2 and some versions of Rails 3.x where two chained scopes with hash conditions on the same attribute would overwrite each other.
This is a horrible security issue if you are using scopes to limit what a user may see or change.
If you are using an affected Rails version and cannot switch to a fixed version, you can use this manual workaround.
Copy the attached initializer into your project. You can then use a new pseudo-scope
chain_safely that guarantees that conditions in the current chain are not going to be overwritten by the next chain link.
Use this for cases where you use scopes to restrict access, and want to further filter this scope based on user input:
class ArticlesController < ApplicationController def index articles = visible_articles articles = articles.chain_safely.for_users(params[:user_id_filter]) if params[:user_id_filter] end private def visible_articles current_user.articles end end
Note that if you want to chain multiple scopes safely, you need to insert a
chain_safely between each two links in the chain: