Re: Preventing Denial of Service Attack In IPC Serialization

Le Chaud Lapin <>
Fri, 6 Jul 2007 13:23:35 CST
On Jul 6, 6:46 am, wrote:

Do you at least admit that the problem exists in Boost (and MFC for
that matter)?

It appears that you didn't notice that this discovery of yours was
pointed out by Sebastian Redl on June 26, and the eminently simple fix
was then posted, again by him, on June 27.

Perhaps you did not notice your own post refuting Jeff Koftinoff's
suggestion that Boost Serialization was doing exactly what I had said
it was doing.

It is hard for me to understand why you want to continue this
discussion. Or why the moderators allow you to rehash the same
content, over and over again. The premise in your OP, of the inutility
of C++ serialization frameworks in IPC applications, was as sweeping
as it was incorrect, and stemmed from your own use of "socket
archives". And now you are implying that your original post only
concerned an implementation detail of Boost.Serialization.

I continue this discussion for the same reason that the moderators
allow it to continue: I search for truth, and I, like you, implicit in
our privilege as posters to this group, have a responsibility to seek

The fact is, you tried to refute Jeff's assertion that Boost was doing
exactly what I wrote about in the OP, and when I demonstrated
indisputable evidence two threads up, you want to discontinue the

If I had been a random casual reader of this thread who, contrary what
you wrote to your previous post, had not had any experience with
serialization, and I had decided that Le Chaud Lapin and Jeff
Koftinoff were wrong, and Jarl Linrud was right, I might have
continued using Boost under the impression that there was no problem,
which would have been a problem indeed.

At least Brian Wood had the sensibility that Boost Serialization has a
flaw in I pointed out, and because of that flaw, it is possible to to
crash machines all over the Internet that use Boost Serialization in
the nude.

When you present your arguments, the they are not just for our
benefit. They are for the benefit of everyone who reads this group
and wants to gain insight to truth. That is why it is so important to
see truth.

-Le Chaud Lapin-

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