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This is indeed a bug similar to 1202533: the infinite
recursion is in C, and doesn't go through the user-defined
__getattr__().

The sample code snippet is definitely strange: it mixes
object.__getattribute__() with an old-style class, i.e. one
that doesn't inherit from 'object'.  This code would work as
expected if C were inheriting from 'object'.

Instead, what occurs in this crash is that the __str__ of
InstanceType calls __getattr__, which calls
object.__getattribute__(c, '__str__'); the latter returns a
so-called method wrapper object, which means essentially a
method object bound to a C function.  In this case the C
function is again the __str__ of InstanceType.  So this
__str__ ends up calling itself infinitely.

A more direct way to expose the bug is:

from types import *
class C:
    __str__ = InstanceType.__str__
str(C())

Clearly, all special methods are affected:

class C:
    __add__ = InstanceType.__add__
C()+1

It should be fixed together with [ 1202533 ], if the latter
is ever fixed.
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