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[PATCH] Fix tcache count maximum

There are 2 issues with tcache count: the tcache counts[] array
is a char, which may be signed and has a very small range and thus
may overflow.  When setting it, there is no overflow check.

Eg. export GLIBC_TUNABLES=glibc.malloc.tcache_count=4096
leads to various crashes in benchtests:

Running /build/glibc/benchtests/bench-strcoll
bench-strcoll: malloc.c:2949: tcache_get: Assertion `tcache->counts[tc_idx] > 0' failed.

Btw is this kind of crash regarded as a security risk? It's easy to do a
denial of service this way if you're able to set an environment variable.

2019-04-15  Wilco Dijkstra  <>

        * malloc/malloc.c (tcache_perthread_struct): Use an
        unsigned short for counts array.
        (MAX_TCACHE_COUNT): New define.
        (do_set_tcache_count): Only update if count is small enough.


diff --git a/malloc/malloc.c b/malloc/malloc.c
index 801ba1f499b566e677b763fc84f8ba86f4f7ccd0..4db7283cc27118cd7d39410febf7be8f7633780a 100644
--- a/malloc/malloc.c
+++ b/malloc/malloc.c
@@ -2915,10 +2915,12 @@ typedef struct tcache_entry
    time), this is for performance reasons.  */
 typedef struct tcache_perthread_struct
-  char counts[TCACHE_MAX_BINS];
+  unsigned short counts[TCACHE_MAX_BINS];
   tcache_entry *entries[TCACHE_MAX_BINS];
 } tcache_perthread_struct;
+#define MAX_TCACHE_COUNT 65535	/* Maximum value of counts[] entries.  */
 static __thread bool tcache_shutting_down = false;
 static __thread tcache_perthread_struct *tcache = NULL;
@@ -5114,8 +5116,11 @@ do_set_tcache_max (size_t value)
 static __always_inline int
 do_set_tcache_count (size_t value)
-  LIBC_PROBE (memory_tunable_tcache_count, 2, value, mp_.tcache_count);
-  mp_.tcache_count = value;
+  if (value <= MAX_TCACHE_COUNT)
+    {
+      LIBC_PROBE (memory_tunable_tcache_count, 2, value, mp_.tcache_count);
+      mp_.tcache_count = value;
+    }
   return 1;

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