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> While we are on this subject, giving Lua scripts access to the pointer
> address to something in memory is a needless footstool to breaking out of a
> sandbox and potentially taking over an application.

1) I disagree this is "needless". I find it useful.

2) After your explanations, I still fail to see how this is a
"footstool". If we assume poorly written libraries, anything
can be dangerous.

3) If you really think this is dangerous, it just got worse :-)

  $ lua
  Lua 5.4.0  Copyright (C) 1994-2019, PUC-Rio
  > string.format("%p", {})

(After several requests for a "rawtostring".)

> It'd be more secure if
> Lua assigned an instance counter to userdata and printed that. A new
> __instance metamethod could complement the __name one to allow customizing.

It'd would also be slower. It'd would also increase the memory overhead
for userdata. And why only userdata? Any memory address might be
in danger (strings spring to mind), once we assume poorly written

Moreover, there are some problems with such global counter. (We just
had this discussion on this list, about numbering string instances.)
Not to mention your own argument regarding light userdata.

-- Roberto