Is python buffer overflow proof?

Gabriel Genellina gagsl-py2 at
Tue Aug 4 10:48:15 CEST 2009

En Tue, 04 Aug 2009 02:06:06 -0300, John Nagle <nagle at>  
> Gabriel Genellina wrote:
>> En Mon, 03 Aug 2009 18:04:53 -0300, sturlamolden  
>> <sturlamolden at> escribió:
>>> On 2 Aug, 15:50, Jizzai <jiz... at> wrote:
>>>> Is a _pure_ python program buffer overflow proof?
>>>> For example in C++ you can declare a char[9] to hold user input.
>>>> If the user inputs 10+ chars a buffer overflow occurs.

>     A more useful question is whether the standard libraries are being
> run through any of the commercial static checkers for possible buffer
> overflows.

In the past the Python source code was checked with valgrind and some  
coverity tools; I don't know the current status.

Gabriel Genellina

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