Regular Expressions: Excessive backtracking can get yourself in trouble
Two weeks ago, Cloudflare was struck by a global outage that lasted ~30 minutes. The incident was rooted on a CPU exhaustion caused by a single regular expression containing some:
This is a small reminder do keep using the lazy operator
? whenever possible and furthermore be aware that regular expressions should not only be unit-tested but also evaluated in terms of performance. See https://makandracards.com/makandra/494822-regular-expressions-quantifier-modes for more details.
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