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Re: [PATCH] Avoid deadlock in malloc on backtrace

On 02/24/2015 12:51 PM, Siddhesh Poyarekar wrote:
> Agreed, but that would be beyond the scope of glibc.  The other 
> alternative would be to remove the option completely, but I don't
> know if that would be a popular choice.  the backtrace and map dump
> is informative, but I don't know how many developers actually
> understand it.  Even if we keep it as a non-default option, we'll
> have to fix the deadlock and the stack overflow.

I think we should really consider removal.  Most distributions will
have core dump catchers once they start using a glibc version derived
from master.

Another issue in one of the glibc crash handlers is the user of
getenv, which will not work if a stack overflow has overwritten the

>> Maybe from a functionality point of view, this is the right thing
>> to do.
>> The test case is invalid for multiple reasons: the compiler can
>> detect that the pointer arithmetic before the allocated buffer is
>> invalid. There is a use-after-free.  Maybe it's possible to fix
>> this with -ffreestanding; I don't know if the glibc headers obey
>> that, though.
> This is intentional to induce a memory corruption that results in
> the deadlock.

I get that, I was suggesting a way to future-proof the test case
against compiler changes.

Florian Weimer / Red Hat Product Security

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