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Arena




<programming> The area of memory attached to a Unix process by the brk and sbrk {system calls} and used by malloc as dynamic storage.

So named from a "malloc: corrupt arena" message emitted when some early versions detected an impossible value in the free block list.

See overrun screw, aliasing bug, memory leak, memory smash, smash the stack.

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