[patch] fixes segfault while mutexattr initialisation

Ralf Habacker Ralf.Habacker@freenet.de
Sun Dec 1 14:46:00 GMT 2002


while porting the threaded qt-3 release to cygwin, it seems to me, that there is
a bug in the current cygwin pthread implementation.

The problem:

Parts of the qt-3 thread initialisation code (which works under linux) look like

    pthread_mutexattr_t attr;

which lets attr undefined. The specification of this functions in
tml tells me, that pthread_mutexattr_init() should initialise attr.

In the example I found with gcc (2.59.3-5)/ld the (stack-)content is 0xc, which
lets pthread_mutexattr_init() crash.

A look into the code shows:

__pthread_mutexattr_init (pthread_mutexattr_t *attr)
[1]  if (pthread_mutexattr::isGoodObject (attr))
	// calls -> verifyable_object_isvalid ->
check_valid_pointer ->IsBadWritePtr(*attr) -> segfault!!
[1]   return EBUSY;

  *attr = new pthread_mutexattr ();
  if (!pthread_mutexattr::isGoodObject (attr))
      delete (*attr);
      *attr = NULL;
      return ENOMEM;
  return 0;

If pthread_mutexattr_init() should initialise attr, but how should attr be a
good object [1], when pthread_mutexattr_init hasn't done any initialisation.
This seems to me as a violation of the definition.

further details

verifyable_object_isvalid (void const * objectptr, long magic, void *static_ptr)
  verifyable_object **object = (verifyable_object **)objectptr;
  if (check_valid_pointer (object))
    return INVALID_OBJECT;
  if (static_ptr && *object == static_ptr)
  if (!*object)
    return INVALID_OBJECT;
  if (check_valid_pointer (*object))
    return INVALID_OBJECT;
^^^^^^ here it crashes

  if ((*object)->magic != magic)
    return INVALID_OBJECT;
  return VALID_OBJECT;

A patch to this is to call only check_valid_pointer for the attr address not the
content. The following patch seems to fix this, but I'm not sure, if I have
overseen something, so my question is if there is anyone who can confirm this.

$ cvs diff -p thread.cc
Index: thread.cc
RCS file: /cvs/src/src/winsup/cygwin/thread.cc,v
retrieving revision 1.106
diff -u -3 -p -B -p -r1.106 thread.cc
--- thread.cc   24 Nov 2002 13:54:14 -0000      1.106
+++ thread.cc   30 Nov 2002 01:24:04 -0000
@@ -2416,8 +2416,8 @@ __pthread_mutexattr_init (pthread_mu
 __pthread_mutexattr_init (pthread_mutexattr_t *attr)
-  if (pthread_mutexattr::isGoodObject (attr))
-    return EBUSY;
+  if (check_valid_pointer (attr))
+    return EINVAL;

   *attr = new pthread_mutexattr ();
   if (!pthread_mutexattr::isGoodObject (attr))


2002-11-30  Ralf Habacker  <ralf.habacker@freenet.de>

      * thread.cc (__pthread_mutexattr_init ): fixed seg fault
      if parameter content is undefined.

Hops that help


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