[tex-live] crash using bibtex on large .bib files

Karl Berry karl at freefriends.org
Wed Aug 12 02:04:10 CEST 2009

Hi Vincent,

Sorry for the delayed reply.

    There is a string pool size limit per one reallocation that is defined
    to 65000, and a large .bib file will exceed this.  


    Do you feel this is a security issue that needs to be addressed, or
    merely a bug that needs correcting?

I don't see any particular security ramifications here.
It's not like bibtex is setuid or commonly run by root or anything.
Do you have something else in mind?

    [1] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=520920

I downloaded
and running  bibtex live_fp  does reproduce the crash for me.
I'll see if I can fix it.


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