[Geany-devel] [geanygdb plugin] Stack overflow when activating it.

Enrico Tröger enrico.troeger at xxxxx
Wed Sep 2 17:10:46 UTC 2009

On Wed, 02 Sep 2009 20:48:17 +0400, Eugene wrote:

>Hi all.
>The trouble is caused by unsafe usage of `strncpy' and long strings in 
>Russian localization. I found that the stack overflow is caused by the 
>following code (geany-plugins/geanygdb/src/gdb-ui-main.c : 366)
>-------------------- 8< --------------------
>if (text && disable_mnemonics)
>    {
>        gchar *p;
>        gchar buf[32];
>        strncpy(buf, text, sizeof(buf));
>        for (p = buf; *p; p++)
>        {
>            if (*p == '_')
>            {
>                memmove(p, p + 1, strlen(p));
>            }
>        }
>        text = buf;
>    }
>-------------------- 8< --------------------
>Obviously, 32 chars are enough for English localisation, but not for 
>Russian one (which I am using). Quick fix:
>gchar buf[64];
>strncpy(buf, text, sizeof(buf)-1);
>buf[sizeof(buf)-1] = '\0';

This is not really better. Increasing the buffer size only works as
long as someone appears with another language which needs even more
characters. Ok, at some point it gets unlikely if the buffer size is
big enough but it's still ugly.

I suggest a more easy and secure approach (even being a little bit

gchar *buf = g_strdup(text);

This is very unlikely to fail except there is no more free memory on
the heap but well, in this case many many more things in Geany would go


is really wrong. Because sizeof(buf) is always 32 as it is a fixed
sized char array. But you want to put the \0 at the end of the actual
content not at the end of the buffer.


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