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Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2023 11:23:08 +0200
From: Joakim Sindholt <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Add a safe dequeue integrity check for mallocng

On Thu, 14 Sep 2023 13:13:23 +0800, James R T <> wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 9, 2023 at 8:48 AM Rich Felker <> wrote:
> >
> > This could and should be written with the assert macro, like all the
> > other safety assertions in mallocng, not pulling in stdio and abort.
> Understood. I was not able to find an assert with `predict_false` for
> the condition. Should I add one assert function with `predict_false`
> in `include/assert.h` or `src/exit/assert.c` or simply use the regular
> assert?

It's a little confusing but assert() in mallocng is not real assert():
The issue is that if memory is under control of an attacker then doing
anything at all, especially running the stdio machinery, is unsafe. To
that end musl uses a_crash() here which expands to a minimal set of
instructions to crash the process:

Furthermore, musl doesn't use any of thosed tagged branch tricks and I
personally doubt it would make any difference.

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