Bug 163306 - Reading or assigning global h_errno variable causes a memory violation report from mudflap
Summary: Reading or assigning global h_errno variable causes a memory violation report...
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gcc
Version: 8
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Frank Ch. Eigler
QA Contact: Brian Brock
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2005-07-14 22:35 UTC by Vesselin Peev
Modified: 2009-01-09 06:53 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-01-09 06:53:28 UTC
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Description Vesselin Peev 2005-07-14 22:35:57 UTC
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Description of problem:
Simply reading or writing to the h_errno global variable gives out a read/write violation in mudflap.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Compile the program

#include <stdio.h>
#include <netdb.h>
int main()
printf("%d", h_errno);
return 0;

and the program

#include <netdb.h>
int main()
h_errno = 0;
return 0;

with mudflap enabled, i.e.

gcc -fmudflap prog1.c -lmudflap -o prog1
gcc -fmudflap prog2.c -lmudflap -o prog2

2. Run prog1 and prog2.

Actual Results:  When prog1 is run, this is what I get:

mudflap violation 1 (check/read): time=1121380261.574621 ptr=0xb7eff6b4 size=4
pc=0xb7f09322 location=`a.cpp:6 (main)'
      /usr/lib/libmudflap.so.0(__mf_check+0x44) [0xb7f09322]
      ./a.out(main+0x81) [0x8048839]
      /usr/lib/libmudflap.so.0(__wrap_main+0x1d8) [0xb7f0a04e]
Nearby object 1: checked region begins 17B after and ends 20B after
mudflap object 0x80cb430: name=`errno area'
bounds=[0xb7eff6a0,0xb7eff6a3] size=4 area=static check=0r/0w liveness=0
alloc time=1121380261.574591 pc=0xb7f09e0a
number of nearby objects: 1

When prog2 is run, the report is similar, but it says "(check/write)", instead of "(check/read)" -- because h_errno is written to.

Expected Results:  There should have been no violation messages.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Jakub Jelinek 2005-07-15 08:33:17 UTC
That's a mudflap bug.  (*__h_errno_location()) (which is what h_errno expands
to) is a thread local storage variable similarly to errno (*__errno_location()).
libmudflap has special quirks for errno, but not for h_errno (and I guess
not for _res either, and I wonder if any other thread local storage variable).

Comment 2 Vesselin Peev 2005-07-15 12:30:15 UTC
Jakub, cool, thanks! May I ask why the need for h_errno to expand to a thread 
local storage variable if gethostbyname is not reentrant, and it (global 
h_errno) isn't used by the reentrant equivalent gethostbyname_r?

Comment 3 Jakub Jelinek 2005-07-15 12:33:14 UTC
h_errno is used in many other functions, some of which are reentrant.

Comment 4 Frank Ch. Eigler 2005-09-23 22:04:21 UTC
Is there a complete list of such variables someplace?  Failing that, I'll add
h_errno support to gcc mainline, and consider backporting.

Comment 5 Dan Hollis 2005-10-07 22:49:44 UTC
mudflap is very buggy atm, i get violations just reading from argv[] :)

Comment 6 Frank Ch. Eigler 2005-10-07 23:26:10 UTC
(In reply to comment #5)
> mudflap is very buggy atm, i get violations just reading from argv[] :)

This would be a separate problem.  Make sure you pass -fmudflap to the link
stage too.  If you do, and you still encounter this, please open a separate
bugzilla with a sample program.

Comment 7 Christian Iseli 2007-01-22 10:50:31 UTC
This report targets the FC3 or FC4 products, which have now been EOL'd.

Could you please check that it still applies to a current Fedora release, and
either update the target product or close it ?


Comment 8 petrosyan 2008-02-18 22:21:14 UTC
this bug is still present in Fedora 8, gcc-4.1.2-33

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