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It is not only possible, it has been documented several times in the past. http://www.cvedetails.com/vulnerability-list/vendor_id-72/product_id-960/GNU-GCC.html For example, http://www.cvedetails.com/cve/CVE-2008-1367/ shows a memory corruption attack that could lead to various types of compromise, if they were sufficiently exploited. A compiler is just ...


At least C++ compilation is turing complete so it is possible/easy to produce infinite loop impacting system performance and producing infinite output (exhausting ram and/or disk place). More info on how C++ compilation is turing complete : http://stackoverflow.com/questions/189172/c-templates-turing-complete

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