On 2017-08-10, Cameron Simpson <c...@cskk.id.au> wrote:
> On 09Aug2017 10:46, Jon Ribbens <jon+use...@unequivocal.eu> wrote:
>>On 2017-08-09, Cameron Simpson <c...@cskk.id.au> wrote:
>>> On 08Aug2017 17:31, Jon Ribbens <jon+use...@unequivocal.eu> wrote:
>>>>... but bear in mind, there have been ways of doing denial-of-service
>>>>attacks with valid-but-nasty regexps in the past, and I wouldn't want
>>>>to rely on there not being any now.
>>> The ones I've seen still require some input length (I'm thinking
>>> exponential rematch backoff stuff here). I suspect that if your
>>> test query matches the RE against a fixed empty string it is hard
>>> to be exploited. i.e. I think most of this stuff isn't expensive
>>> in terms of compiling the regexp but in executing it against text.
>>Well yes, but presumably if the OP is receiving regexps from users
>>they will be executed against text sooner or later.
> True, but the OP (Larry) was after validation.
> The risk then depends on the degree of trust in the user. If the user is a 
> random person-from-the-internets, sure there's a risk there. However, if the 
> regexp is part of some internal configuration being set up by trusted people 
> (eg staff pursuing a goal) then validation will normally be enough.
> Of course, that is a call for Larry to make, not us, but it need to be bourne 
> in mind by him.

Yes... hence my mentioning it.

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