Nick Clifton nickc@redhat.com
Mon Dec 10 15:31:00 GMT 2018

Hi David,

> Apologies in advance if this has been covered, as I've only been half-
> watching this thread, but is it always the case that the recursion
> depth can be bounded by some scalar multiple of the number of
> characters in the name?

Probably, but the point of this patch is to add a fixed limit that
prevents too much recursion from being performed.  The CVEs that I
have been trying to fix have been using mangled names with 20K-30K
characters in them, so creating a recursion limit based on the 
length of the input would not prevent the stack exhaustion. :-(

My hope is that we can choose a value that will allow any realistic
mangled name to be decoded, but which will prevent these fuzzers from
generating arbitrary length strings which exhaust the machines resources.


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