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Re: branch-1_4 regexp coredump

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: branch-1_4 regexp coredump
Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2006 04:27:30 +0000 (UTC)
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Eric Blake <ebb9 <at> byu.net> writes:

> Karl's observation on bug-m4 that we had a bogus warning pointed out 
> even more severe - we were reading uninitialized memory from the stack.  
> Depending on your hardware, you can get allocation failures, core dumps, and 
> possibly even arbitrary code execution.

I still need to work on this.  We have a memory leak (and have done, since m4 
0.75 when regexp was introduced), because re_search allocates memory in 
re_registers on success if we haven't done it ourselves.

Eric Blake

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