[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] dvbsubdec: check against buffer overreads

Reimar Döffinger Reimar.Doeffinger
Thu Feb 10 21:23:19 CET 2011

On Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 08:08:50PM +0000, M?ns Rullg?rd wrote:
> Reimar D?ffinger <Reimar.Doeffinger at gmx.de> writes:
> >> -    while (p < p_end && *p == 0x0f) {
> >> +    while (p_end - p >= 6 && *p == 0x0f) {
> >
> > Just to be pedantic: while this is nicer, thanks to required padding
> > your original version could not overflow, so wasn't actually wrong.
> Why not?  It is certainly possible to place a buffer less than 6 bytes
> from the end of the address space.  It doesn't usually happen on real
> systems, but that's irrelevant.

Not a buffer that is 12 bytes long, no. As I said, the critical point
is that there is padding after p_end, so p + 6 is still inside the buffer
even if it is beyong p_end, thus it is valid C and must work correctly.
But it would be brittle and depends on nothing within the while loop
already incrementing p beyond p_end and in to the padding.

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