Post tagged: Programming

Python Exception Chaining

OpenStack has an awful lot of developers writing Python code and many of us wouldn't consider ourselves true "pythonistas". This means we wind up having a bunch of interesting discussions about e.g. EABL vs LBYL.

A particular bugbear of mine is exception handling. I'm convinced that very ...

Error Handling

I came across a fairly typical error handling mistake today and thought I'd share it.

The code was something like this:

class Factory {
    static Foo getFoo() {
        try {
            // load a .properties file, read a key from it
            return new Foo(propValue);
        } catch (Exception ex) {
            log.error("Failed to find key ...

Stack Guard Page

The most interesting little tidbit I learnt from the memory usage
debugging yesterday was
about the "stack guard page". Look at this bit in the strace:

mmap2(NULL, 10489856, PROT_READ|PROT_WRITE, MAP_PRIVATE|MAP_ANONYMOUS, -1, 0) = 0xb7219000
mprotect(0xb7219000, 4096, PROT_NONE)   = 0
clone(child_stack=0xb7c194c4, flags=CLONE_VM|...) = 2282

What's going ...

Runtime Linker Voodoo

Kjartan pointed out a report of a gnome-session security vulnerability
to me earlier today. Now, it turns out to actually only be a
vulnerability in a script supplied with certain distributors' packages,
but that's not the interesting part.

The script contained something like this:

  export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/gnome/lib ...


I hate now knowing how things work. Especially things that I
rely on heavily as a hacker. But I love it when I get a chance
to finally figure out how the damn thing works and it turns out
to be beautifully simple.

This week I found that I had ...