Re: [PATCH] lib: fix g_hash_table related read-after-free bug

Subject: Re: [PATCH] lib: fix g_hash_table related read-after-free bug

Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:12:12 -0400

To: Tomi Ollila,


From: David Bremner

David Bremner <> writes:

> The two g_hash_table functions (insert, add) have different behaviour
> with respect to existing keys. g_hash_table_insert frees the new key,
> while g_hash_table_add (which is really g_hash_table_replace in
> disguise) frees the existing key. With this change 'ref' is live until
> the end of the function (assuming single-threaded access to
> 'hash'). We can't guarantee it will continue to be live in the
> future (i.e. there may be a future key duplication) so we copy it with
> the allocation context passed to parse_references (in practice this is
> the notmuch_message_t object whose parents we are finding).
> Thanks to Tomi for the simpler approach to the problem based on
> reading the fine glib manual.

pushed to master and release