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Re: Parse::RecDescent triggers infinete loop in perl5.9.0 and 5.8.1 [perl #17757]

Enache Adrian
March 20, 2003 17:45
Re: Parse::RecDescent triggers infinete loop in perl5.9.0 and 5.8.1 [perl #17757]
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On Fri, Mar 21, 2003 at 12:29:18AM +0000, wrote:
> It hasn't been established yet precisely what is going wrong, but it
> seems likely based on available evidence that #18533 was either wrong
> or insufficient. In particular, given that the symptom is a hard loop
> in intuit_start, it seems unlikely that P::RD is to blame. I'll be
> looking to discover more detail as soon as a tuit presents itself.
> Hugo

The faulty regexp in is this, at line 1856
                elsif ($grammar =~ m/(?=$ACTION)/gco

The second time the _generate method runs, fbm_instr() will be called
at regexec.c:622 with a random pointer as it second argument, pointer
generated with some small adjustments from that prog->subbeg -
        if (s && RX_MATCH_COPIED(prog))
		    s = prog->subbeg + (s - SvPVX(sv));
(the stale pointer from the first run, I guess (?) - notice
 that the grammar string in the example is a mortal, returned
 by a sub, i.e. it is each time a different pointer )

If that pointer happens to be behind 't', an infinite loop happens.

P::RD could be easily 'fixed' <:( by removing the 'study $grammar'
at line 1829.

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