Subject: Re: Bounding Indices in Sequence Functions From: Erik Naggum <email@example.com> Date: 22 Oct 2002 17:16:01 +0000 Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> * Barry Margolin | There's nothing guaranteeing this. It's not required to check that | end<=length, and if it doesn't check you can get a buffer overflow (like | the kind that have been the cause of so many security problems). That does not follow strictly from the premises. The test for an actual index < length may well be performed without testing that end <= length. Although some CPU cycles may conceivably be saved by testing once, the test may also be performed in parallel with the actual memory access instruction in such a way that a test at the head of the loop would only waste resources and be obnoxious if the purpose of the function were to be satisfied before the condition became relevant. -- Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder. Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder.