Previously, on GLibc systems, the interceptor was calling compat_regexec
(regexec@GLIBC_2.2.5) insead of the newer regexec (regexec@GLIBC_2.3.4).
The __compat_regexec strips the REG_STARTEND flag but does not report an
error if other flags are present. This can result in infinite loops for
programs that use REG_STARTEND to find all matches inside a buffer (since
ignoring REG_STARTEND means that the search always starts from the first
The underlying issue is that GLibc's dlsym(RTLD_NEXT, ...) appears to
always return the oldest versioned symbol instead of the default. This
means it does not match the behaviour of dlsym(RTLD_DEFAULT, ...) or the
behaviour documented in the manpage.
It appears a similar issue was encountered with realpath and worked around