[Patches] [ python-Patches-1658799 ] Handle requests to intern string subtype instances

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Patches item #1658799, was opened at 2007-02-13 11:34
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Category: Core (C code)
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Status: Open
Resolution: None
Priority: 5
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Submitted By: Hrvoje Nikšić (hniksic)
Assigned to: Nobody/Anonymous (nobody)
Summary: Handle requests to intern string subtype instances

Initial Comment:
This patch implements a small modification of PyString_InternInPlace that allows for safe interning of string subtype instances.  The change should be fully backward compatible -- for a rationale and discussion, see:

http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-dev/2007-February/070973.html


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>Comment By: Hrvoje Nikšić (hniksic)
Date: 2007-02-14 09:31

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I don't think an attack is possible.  This patch retains the property that
only exact strings are interned.  If you create a pathological string
subtype that hashes like a different string instance (one that has already
been interned), all you'll achieve is that "interning" will return the
other instance.  As far as I can tell, no string is actually removed from
the interned dictionary (until it becomes unreachable, that is.)

What is the expected result of your test code?  I tried it and it ran
without error.


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Comment By: Armin Rigo (arigo)
Date: 2007-02-13 23:36

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I think that this opens an attack (untested, though): it allows a
previously-interned string to be removed from the dictionary.  This might
lead to a crash because the old string still thinks it is interned.  Try
something along the lines of:

s1 = "hel"
s1 = intern(s1 + "lo")

class S(str):
    def __hash__(self):
        return hash(s1)
    def __eq__(self, other):
        return other == s1

s = S("world")
intern(s)
del s1


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