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Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2017 15:54:27 -0600
From: Kurt Seifried <>
To:, Glenn Randers-Pehrson <>
Subject: Re: Is not memory allocation failure a bug?

On 2017-06-08 3:04 PM, Glenn Randers-Pehrson wrote:
> I just checked a fix for one of those into Firefox yesterday.  It wasn't
> considered a serious problem because the malloc would eventually
> fail safely, but it's better to predict the problem ahead of time and not
> even try to malloc all available memory.
> See
> in which a tiny PNG file tries to claim Gigabytes of memory.
Ok so I tested it, no crash/huge memory thing, but the CPU got maxed and
even when I closed the tab for the image Firefox kept eating CPU, I
wasn't able to close Firefox, had to use the kill command (which worked
fine) so this clearly falls into the DoS camp and may need a CVE, has
Mozilla commented on why they have elected to NOT give it a CVE?

Kurt Seifried -- Red Hat -- Product Security -- Cloud
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