FW: buffer size calculation in gethostby_helper()
Fri Aug 12 20:30:00 GMT 2011
My final understanding is this:
for each of address_count we use (and have to allocate)
1. addrsize_out of bytes in the "string" area of buffer
2. sizeof (char *) of bytes in the h_addr_list area of buffer
For 2., both string_ptr and string_size should be untouched
for 1., both should be updated.
This implies the buffer should be allocated as it is allocated,
while string_size should be changed to include the value
of address_count * addrsize_out.
Only so the code can be readable (so far as 1. remains true).
(I prefer readability since only the readable code is likely to be correct.)
Therefore I also think (but I am not 100% convinced) that, as much
address_count is considered, the buffer usage is safe
and the debug message was wrong.
There might be more I doubt in the function.
We have to be careful since here the data come from outside.
Therefore I am willing to review the change -- instead of writing the
Once you are with the code, please would you check the safety of
1122: for (i = 0; i < >>>> ancount <<<<<
1122: for (i = 0; i < ancount; i++, >>>>> ptr = curptr->data + ansize
1201: ancount = alias_count + address_count; /* Valid records */
and other places before I start trying to understand it?
On 12.8.2011 18:03, Pierre A. Humblet wrote:
> The initial logic seems to be OK: In the following statement
> sz = DWORD_round (sizeof(hostent))
> + sizeof (char *) * (alias_count + address_count + 2)
> + string_size
> + address_count * addrsize_out;
> the incremented address_count generates two increases in sz:
> a chunk of size sizeof(char *) and another one of size addrsize_out.
> So the patch adding addrsize_out shouldn't be needed.
Yes. Thus it seems that the buffer is properly allocated, good. However
I got confused anyway:
>>> + system_printf ("Note: JK hopping to fix the -4 bug in net.cc saying (if defed DEBUGGING) 'Please debug.' ");
>>> /* Update the records */
>>> curptr->type = antype; /* Host byte order */ @@ -1192,7
>>> +1194,7 @@ gethostby_helper (const char *name, cons
>>> memcpy (string_ptr, curptr->data, addrsize_in);
>>> string_ptr += addrsize_out;
>>> - string_size -= addrsize_out;
>>> + string_size -= addrsize_out; // jk-2011 FIXME BUG: this makes it -4 sometimes - before my fix.
> The bug is here: logically string_size shouldn't be decremented as it is used to account for name sizes, not for addresses.
> Note that at this point string_size is only used for debugging and the bug generates a false alarm.
Yes, logically it shouldn't be decremented (but there is better logic
explained above!). And yes, used for debugging only.
But then string_size and string_ptr are not a couple as I would expect.
My suggestion is above.
> It's weird that it only shows up now.
> I see two ways of fixing it:
> 1) add string_size += addrsize_out; as in the patch but then adjust the computation of sz or
> 2) remove the extraneous string_size -= addrsize_out and in the #ifdef DEBUGGING below replace
> if (string_size< 0) by
> if (string_ptr> ((char *) ret) + sz)
>>> #ifdef DEBUGGING
>> This looks basically correct to me, but the original code is not from me.
>> Pierre, would you mind to have a look?
> Sorry about that. I could fix it myself next week if desired.
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