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RFA: libiberty: Add a limit on demangling qualifiers (PR 87241)

Hi Ian,

  Sorry to bother you, but I have another libiberty demangler resource
  exhaustion prevention patch to present.  This one is for:

  Jonathan Wakely reported that __cxa_demanlge() was returning a -2
  result, but I did not see this.  Instead I found that
  consume_count_with_underscores() is returning a very large number
  (because a very large value is encoded in the mangled string) and this
  is resulting in many calls to remember_Ktype() which eventually
  exhaust the amount of memory available.

  The attached patch is a simplistic approach to solving this problem by
  adding a hard upper limit on the number of qualifiers that will be
  allowed by the demangler.  I am not sure if this is the best approach
  to solving the problem, but it is a simple one, and I would think one
  that would not prevent the demangling of any real mangled names.  The
  limit does not have to be DEMANGLE_RECURSE_LIMIT of course.  I just
  chose that value because it was convenient and of a size that I
  thought was appropriate.

  I also did run the libiberty testsuite this time, with no failures
  reported. :-)

  OK to apply ?


2018-12-12  Nick Clifton  <>

	* cplus-dem.c (demangle_qualified): Add an upper limit on the
	number of qualifiers supported, based upon the value of

Index: libiberty/cplus-dem.c
--- libiberty/cplus-dem.c	(revision 267043)
+++ libiberty/cplus-dem.c	(working copy)
@@ -3443,6 +3443,17 @@
       success = 0;
+  /* PR 87241: Catch malicious input that will try to trick this code into
+     allocating a ridiculous amount of memory via the remember_Ktype()
+     function.
+     The choice of DEMANGLE_RECURSION_LIMIT is somewhat arbitrary.  Possibly
+     a better solution would be to track how much memory remember_Ktype
+     allocates and abort when some upper limit is reached.  */
+  if (qualifiers > DEMANGLE_RECURSION_LIMIT)
+    /* FIXME: We ought to have some way to tell the user that
+       this limit has been reached.  */
+    success = 0;
   if (!success)
     return success;

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