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bug #53284: realloc() does not respect __freelist size for small allocations

Submitted by:  David Glaze <djglaze>
Submitted on:  Sun 04 Mar 2018 10:19:44 PM UTC  
Category:  Library Severity:  3 - Normal
Priority:  5 - Normal Item Group:  libc code
Status:  None Percent Complete:  0%
Assigned to:  None Open/Closed:  Open
Release:  2.0.0 Fixed Release:  None

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Sun 04 Mar 2018 10:19:44 PM UTC, original submission:

The realloc() function does not respect the __freelist size when resizing an allocation down to 0 or 1 bytes. If this allocation is then deallocated with free(), a __freelist entry is placed in its slot that can partially overwrite an adjacent allocation, leading to irrecoverable memory corruption. The following code can reproduce the corruption:

malloc() handles this issue with a minimum allocation size, so that requested allocations of 0, 1, or 2 bytes all take the same storage. The same technique can be used here to prevent problems, as shown in the attached patch.

David Glaze <djglaze>


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file #43463:  realloc_small_size.patch added by djglaze (614B - text/x-patch)


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