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Augeas: Improve Handling of Large Files #3332

sanssecours opened this issue Dec 11, 2019 · 1 comment

Augeas: Improve Handling of Large Files #3332

sanssecours opened this issue Dec 11, 2019 · 1 comment


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@sanssecours sanssecours commented Dec 11, 2019


Currently the Augeas plugin uses the function ftell to retrieve the size of a file:

long fileSize = ftell (fh);

. Afterwards the plugin uses elektraMalloc to allocate memory for the file content:

content = elektraMalloc (fileSize * sizeof (char) + 1);

. The problem with this approach is that the maximum value of the type long returned by ftell (LONG_MAX) might be larger than the maximum possible size_t value (SIZE_MAX). In this case the plugin code might not store the whole content of the file and hence not work correctly.

For more information about this problem, please take a look here.


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@markus2330 markus2330 commented Jan 14, 2020

Thank you for reporting the potential problem.

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