Sandboxed Python: memory limits?

Martin v. Loewis martin at
Thu Apr 7 04:01:39 EDT 2011

Am 07.04.2011 02:06, schrieb Chris Angelico:
> On Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 6:38 AM, Martin v. Loewis <martin at> wrote:
>> You can adjust the implementations of PyMem_Malloc and PyObject_Malloc.
>> This would catch many allocations, but not all of them. If you adjust
>> PyMem_MALLOC instead of PyMem_Malloc, you catch even more allocations -
>> but extensions modules which directly call malloc() still would bypass
>> this accounting.
> I'm not too concerned about extensions, here; in any case, I lock most
> of them off. I just want to prevent stupid stuff like this:
> a='a'
> while True:
>     a+=a

That would certainly be caught by instrumenting PyObject_MALLOC. More
generally, I believe that if you instrument the functions I mentioned,
your use case is likely covered.


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