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Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2011 12:29:17 +0200
From: Henri Salo <>
Subject: Re: glibc crypt(3), crypt_r(3), PHP crypt() may use

On Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 06:22:17AM +0400, Solar Designer wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 06:13:24AM +0400, Solar Designer wrote:
> > Alternatively, crypt(3) and crypt_r(3) (and the reference code for
> > SHA-crypt?) could refuse to work on overly long key or/and salt strings,
> > but then the question is what they should do on error.
> Here's another related option:
> 	if (strlen(key) > 100000 || strlen(salt) > 100000)
> 		abort();
> (or something like this).  Ridiculous?  Sure, but it's better than
> overwriting another thread's stack or the heap with somewhat higher
> lengths, and 100001 chars is not a more reasonable password length to
> support than, say, 2 million or 10 million (typical thread stack sizes).
> So if we can't decide on a proper fix (does anyone besides me even
> care?), something as trivial as the above would be an improvement.
> Alexander

I care, but I don't have much to contribute. Seems valid discussion for this list in my opinion.

Best regards,
Henri Salo

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