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Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2022 01:30:17 +0000
From: Seth Arnold <>
Subject: Re: sagemath denial of service with abort() in gmp:
 overflow in mpz type

On Tue, Sep 06, 2022 at 08:45:28AM -0400, Jeffrey Walton wrote:
> One of the problems with GMP is, it will crash instead of returning
> failure. The problem becomes more acute if the program using GMP is
> handling sensitive information, like a private key or passphrase. The
> sensitive material can be written to a dump file and can be sent to an
> error reporting service.

Could an application that handles secrets and uses GMP use prctl(2)'s
PR_SET_DUMPABLE command to prevent dumping the core file? It'd also
prevent using ptrace-based debugging, so it's not without costs, but if
it handles secrets, that's probably also a good idea.


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