bugGNU troff - Bugs: bug #56694, troff mixes malloc / delete[]

 
 

bug #56694: troff mixes malloc / delete[]

Submitted by:  None
Submitted on:  Mon 29 Jul 2019 09:17:29 PM UTC  
 
Category:  Core Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  Crash/Not responding Status:  None
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
Open/Closed:  Open Planned Release:  None

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Mon 29 Jul 2019 09:17:29 PM UTC, original submission:  

I use Scudo [1] as the systemwide allocator on most of my systems. GNU troff is one of the very few binaries that fail with it, due to relying on undefined behavior with memory allocation.

Specifically, the search_path::open_file(..., char**) returns a path that is sometimes allocated with new[] but usually allocated with malloc (since that's how the "strsave" function is implemented -- it's basically an strdup). The returned paths are then deallocated using delete[], which is undefined behavior and only works with some lenient memory allocators.

Attached is a draft patch that solves the issue as far as I can tell with some basic testing, but I have no idea how common that pattern is in the codebase and I don't have a good way to test all of it. And it's not a beautiful patch either.

[1] https://llvm.org/docs/ScudoHardenedAllocator.html

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file #47276:  free.diff added by None (2KiB - text/x-patch)

 

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