From: Mateusz Loskot (mateusz_at_[hidden])
Date: 2019-10-22 19:54:46
On Tue, 22 Oct 2019 at 20:30, Robert Ramey via Boost
> On 10/22/19 11:03 AM, Vinnie Falco via Boost wrote:
> > On Tue, Oct 22, 2019 at 10:40 AM Robert Ramey via Boost <boost_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> >> Did you look into using boost.spirit for parsing?
> > I didn't even consider it. All of the parsers that I work with accept
> > untrusted inputs,
> I don't buy this as a reason - in fact I'd call it reason to specify and
> enforce a formal grammar.
> >so when writing a parser I prefer to have no
> > external dependencies. Spirit is an enormous dependency and scares off
> > potential users.
> This I can appreciate and sympathize with.. It points to the problem
> that C++ and boost have been wrestling with forever - dependency management.
> I'm pretty doubtful that anyone can write a demonstrably correct parser
> without using such a tool. So if security is an issue perhaps you might
> want to write a test program based on spirit. This would give one
> confidence that your library won't introduce security holes - at least
> on the inputs tested. This might be appreciated. Since users don't
> typically build/run tests (though I've advocated that they should!)
> there wouldn't be any kind of dependency issue for them. And it would
> give you the option of writing 1000++ test cases without having to check
> them all by hand.
I'd consider covering the thing with https://google.github.io/oss-fuzz/ instead.
-- Mateusz Loskot, http://mateusz.loskot.net
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