[PATCH] readelf: Don't allocate string with asprintf, but reuse buffer with sprintf.

Mark Wielaard mark@klomp.org
Thu Jun 7 21:44:00 GMT 2018

On Mon, Jun 04, 2018 at 07:05:16PM +0200, Mark Wielaard wrote:
> Since we are single threaded we can just use a static result buffer for
> format_dwarf_addr as long as we make sure to print the result before
> calling format_dwarf_addr again. This removes lots of malloc/free calls.

Almost as soon as I checked this in the afl fuzzer detected that we
assumed addresses are max 8 bytes (64bits). So it presented us with
a CU that has an address size of 136 bytes... We dutifully try to
print that large an address into a buffer that has room for just 8
and crash...

First, we should just make sure to always use 32 or 64 bit addresses
(and offsets). There is too much code that really relies on them being
either 4 bytes or 8 bytes.

[PATCH 1/2] libdw: Make sure that address_size and offset_size are 4

Second, it is not really necessary to create a buffer, sprintf into it,
then use that buffer to printf to stdio. Just do it directly.

[PATCH 2/2] readelf: Turn format_print_dwarf into print_dwarf_addr.



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