Re: [Rd] Using \u2030 in plot axis label -> stack smashing

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Tue 19 Sep 2006 - 13:14:29 GMT

On Tue, 19 Sep 2006, Peter Dalgaard wrote:

> Prof Brian Ripley <> writes:
>>> Thanks Prof. Ripley and Ei-Ji. I should have mentioned that all the
>>> versions I reported for were self-compiled, and I did so with the same
>>> set of flags as the FC5 rpm. Will add that to the list in my head of
>>> things to report.
>> (I think this is probably FC5's flags being over-zealous, but Ei-ji
>> Nakama may know better.)
> Probably not all that over-zealous. If you're smashing the stack you're
> smashing the stack. It's not always fatal, but worth fixing.

But there is no evidence we are smashing the stack, and valgrind found no buffer overrun. As far as I can tell (killing a process with no core dump makes it hard to trace) this occurs when we copy 4 bytes from a buffer of 16 bytes to one of 5 bytes.

> I actually have the same set of standard FC5 flags in
> Without them, we risk Fedora Extra to come out with issues that we
> missed, since they use those flags as a matter of policy.

Apparently FC6 will have different flags/ different default behaviour, at least for ld.

Brian D. Ripley,        
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