Opened 6 years ago

Closed 6 years ago

#6817 closed Bugs (invalid)

Appending to an empty path segfaults...

Reported by: sean@… Owned by: Beman Dawes
Milestone: To Be Determined Component: filesystem
Version: Boost 1.49.0 Severity: Regression
Keywords: filesystem append Cc:


path::m_append_separator_if_needed() is not checking the bounds of its inputs and segfaults. Using clang 3.1 with c++0x, this crashes every time, whereas with previous versions this was somehow insulated from this segfault. Guarding against this with calls to empty() is possible, but seems excessively burdensome to check on every append operation.

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/* Compile instructions:
clang++ -g -Wall -Wextra -pedantic -Wno-error -Wno-fatal-errors -pedantic-errors -fno-inline -std=c++0x -I/Users/sean/src/boost-prefix/include -Os -Wno-long-long -Wno-unused-parameter -Wsign-compare -stdlib=libc++ -L${HOME}/src/boost-prefix/lib -lboost_filesystem-mt -lboost_system-mt -o test_path test_path.cpp
#include "boost/filesystem.hpp"
const std::string default_path = "foo";
main(int argc, char* argv[]) {
  boost::filesystem::path init_path;
  init_path /= default_path;
  std::cout << "Path: " << init_path << std::endl;
  return 0;

Program received signal EXC_BAD_ACCESS, Could not access memory.
Reason: KERN_INVALID_ADDRESS at address: 0xffffffffffffffe8
0x000000010000db50 in boost::filesystem3::path::m_append_separator_if_needed ()
(gdb) bt
#0  0x000000010000db50 in boost::filesystem3::path::m_append_separator_if_needed ()
#1  0x00000001000015dd in boost::filesystem3::path::append<std::__1::basic_string<char, std::__1::char_traits<char>, std::__1::allocator<char> > > (this=0x7fff5fbff4e0, source=@0x100002288, cvt=<value temporarily unavailable, due to optimizations>) at path.hpp:679
#2  0x0000000100000f6e in main (argc=1606415584, argv=0x100002288) at test_path.cpp:249

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comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by Sean Chittenden <sean@…>

User error, please feel free to close. The above was compiled and linked using C++11 and stdlib=libc++, however boost was not.

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by Beman Dawes

Resolution: invalid
Status: newclosed

Interesting. I've dropped a note to a couple of Clang and libc++ developers since it would be nice if this sort of misconfiguration error got diagnosed by the ecosystem.



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