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From: Junio C Hamano <>
To: Jeff King <>
Cc: Derrick Stolee <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] xrealloc: do not reuse pointer freed by zero-length realloc()
Date: Wed, 02 Sep 2020 12:19:38 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <> (Jeff King's message of "Wed, 2 Sep 2020 03:54:39 -0400")

Jeff King <> writes:

> There are other variants, too:
>   - we could use malloc(1) versus xmalloc(0). Maybe more
>     readable/obvious? But also potentially allocates an extra byte when
>     the platform malloc(0) would not need to.
>   - we could return a non-NULL "ptr" without shrinking it at all (nor
>     allocating anything new). This is perfectly legal, and the
>     underlying realloc() would still know the original size if anybody
>     ever asked to grow it back again.
> I have to admit I don't overly care between them.

I don't either.  I admit that the latter I didn't think of---it
feels tricky and harder to reason about than any other variants.

> I suspect one of the
> reasons we never ran into this 15-year-old bug is that it's quite hard
> to convince Git to call realloc(0) in the first place. I only saw it
> when investigating a bug in another series, and there the problem turned
> out to be reading garbage bytes off the end of a buffer (which we
> interpreted as a serialized ewah bitmap which happened to have a zero in
> its length byte).


  reply	other threads:[~2020-09-02 19:19 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 10+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-09-01 11:18 Jeff King
2020-09-01 13:04 ` Derrick Stolee
2020-09-01 13:51   ` Jeff King
2020-09-01 14:24     ` Derrick Stolee
2020-09-01 15:58     ` Junio C Hamano
2020-09-02  7:54       ` Jeff King
2020-09-02 19:19         ` Junio C Hamano [this message]
2020-09-03  3:50       ` Jonathan Nieder
2020-09-01 15:20 ` Andreas Schwab
2020-09-01 15:56 ` Junio C Hamano

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