[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] avformat/matroskadec: fix handling of recursive SeekHead elements

wm4 nfxjfg at googlemail.com
Sat Dec 6 16:53:30 CET 2014

When matroska_execute_seekhead() is called, it goes through the list of
seekhead entries and attempts to read elements not read yet. When doing
this, the parser can find further SeekHead elements, and will extend the
matroska->seekhead list. This can lead to a (practically) infinite loop
with certain broken files. (Maybe it can happen even with valid files.
The demuxer doesn't seem to check correctly whether an element has
already been read.)

Fix this by ignoring elements that were added to the seekhead field
during executing seekhead entries.

This does not fix the possible situation when multiple SeekHead elements
after the file header (i.e. occur after the "before_pos" file position)
point to the same elements. These elements will probably be parsed
multiple times, likely leading to bugs.

Fixes ticket #4162.
I hope my analysis of the problem is correct.
 libavformat/matroskadec.c | 6 +++++-
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/libavformat/matroskadec.c b/libavformat/matroskadec.c
index c81b5a04..e9ba1e9 100644
--- a/libavformat/matroskadec.c
+++ b/libavformat/matroskadec.c
@@ -1414,13 +1414,17 @@ static void matroska_execute_seekhead(MatroskaDemuxContext *matroska)
     EbmlList *seekhead_list = &matroska->seekhead;
     int64_t before_pos = avio_tell(matroska->ctx->pb);
     int i;
+    int nb_elem;
     // we should not do any seeking in the streaming case
     if (!matroska->ctx->pb->seekable ||
         (matroska->ctx->flags & AVFMT_FLAG_IGNIDX))
-    for (i = 0; i < seekhead_list->nb_elem; i++) {
+    // do not read entries that are added while parsing seekhead entries
+    nb_elem = seekhead_list->nb_elem;
+    for (i = 0; i < nb_elem; i++) {
         MatroskaSeekhead *seekhead = seekhead_list->elem;
         if (seekhead[i].pos <= before_pos)

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