[freetds] Found Segmentation fault causes

Lowden, James K LowdenJK at bernstein.com
Tue May 6 13:04:08 EDT 2003

> From: Aliet Santiesteban Sifontes [mailto:alietss at yahoo.com]
> Sent: May 6, 2003 12:07 PM
> I have found the segmentation fault with httpd-2.0.45
> php-4.3.2 freetds-0.62-dev on RedHat 9.0 TDS 7.0
> against a Microsoft SQL Server 2000, the problem is
> when some of the queries field is of type datetime
> 8...
> httpd: read.c:365: tds_get_char_data: Assertion
> `in_left < 4' failed.

Hi Aliet, 

Probably you should just wait.  I'm going to modify tds_get_char_data()
(where your assert is stumbling) according to Frediano's suggestion, and
tds_iconv() will look more like iconv(3) with the added ability to emit
client-side error messages.  I would be very pleased if you'd try my next
version as soon as it's ready.  

What is the assert for?  

tds_get_char_data() reads from the wire in 256-byte chunks, passing them to
tds_iconv() for conversion.  It makes no attempt to ensure the input buffer
is character-aligned: the tail end of those 256 bytes might include a
partial character.  (That wouldn't happen in your case, because your server
uses two-byte characters, but it would be possible of the server were
UTF-8.)  The largest partial character would be 3 bytes long, so when
tds_iconv() is done, absent a logic error, there shouldn't be more than
three unconverted bytes left over in the input buffer.  Hence the assertion
that `in_left < 4'.  

Unfortunately, logic errors are not absent.  The output buffer might not be
big enough (can't tell, not logged).  And tds_iconv() exits prematurely if
it encounters an error other than EILSEQ, again without logging it.  

I'd send you a patch, but since I'm going to redo those functions, there's
no point in acquiring further diagnostics.  

If you're really in a jam, you could try removing the assert (read.c:365,
like it says), and removing these lines from the while loop in

                if (errno != EILSEQ)

You will probably get partial data, so please don't try this except as an



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