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bug#18361: New 'sort' implementation can crash Emacs

From: Dmitry Antipov
Subject: bug#18361: New 'sort' implementation can crash Emacs
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:47:01 +0400
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On 08/30/2014 01:24 AM, Paul Eggert wrote:

The new implementation of 'sort' in the trunk invokes qsort (or qsort_r),
but these functions have undefined behavior if the comparison function is
ill-behaved.  Since the comparison predicate is user-defined, this means
a bad user-supplied comparison function could crash Emacs.

I don't see how is that possible if we operate on a correctly initialized
vector and sort_vector_predicate is a valid function accepting 2 arguments.
Can you provide an example?  Is that just a poor property of the particular
qsort(_r) implementation?


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