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unitialised memory read, a suspicious MD5 checksum?

From: Philip Martin <philip_at_codematters.co.uk>
Date: 2002-05-15 00:44:08 CEST


I've been playing with valgrind, a run-time memory checker. It's
impressive when it works! I'm getting an unitialised memory read in
the function skel.c:use_implict(). I tracked it down to this scenario

svnadmin create repo
svn co -d wc file:///home/pm/repo
svn ps a 1 wc
svn ci -m "" wc
svn up wc
svn ps b 1 wc
svn ci -m "" wc
svn up wc
svn ps c 1 wc
svn ci -m "" wc
svn up wc
svn ps d 1 wc

The first three commits are successful. When I attempt the fourth
valgrind warns about the line:

==27941== Use of uninitialised value of size 4
==27941== at 0x403540CD: use_implicit (../svn/subversion/libsvn_fs/skel.c:328)
==27941== by 0x40354187: unparse (../svn/subversion/libsvn_fs/skel.c:356)
==27941== by 0x403542BA: unparse (../svn/subversion/libsvn_fs/skel.c:389)
==27941== by 0x403542BA: unparse (../svn/subversion/libsvn_fs/skel.c:389)

In gdb I see

#2 0x403540cd in use_implicit (skel=0x4342ca48)
    at ../svn/subversion/libsvn_fs/skel.c:328
328 if (skel_char_type[(unsigned char) skel->data[0]] != type_name)
(gdb) p skel[0]
$10 = {is_atom = 1, data = 0x4342c97c "", len = 16, children = 0x0, next = 0x0}

After a little investigation it appears to be a suspicious md5
checksum. Running the commit without valgrind and setting a breakpoint
in svn_fs__unparse_representation_skel at fs_skels.c:668 I see

668 svn_fs__prepend (svn_fs__str_atom ("svndiff", pool), diff_skel);
(gdb) p chunk[0]
$1 = {offset = 0, string_key = 0x405d0158 "6", size = 19,
  checksum = '\0' <repeats 15 times>, rep_key = 0x8092950 "3"}
(gdb) p chunks->nelts
$3 = 1

The code in fs_skels.c is

          svn_fs__prepend (svn_fs__mem_atom (chunk->checksum,
                                             MD5_DIGESTSIZE /
                                             sizeof (*(chunk->checksum)),
                                             pool), checksum_skel);
          svn_fs__prepend (svn_fs__str_atom ("md5", pool), checksum_skel);

so it is about to create an md5 skel with a checksum that is all null
bytes. This looks suspicious to me. It has been called from

#0 svn_fs__unparse_representation_skel (skel_p=0xbffff498, rep=0xbffff4f4,
    pool=0x80921e8) at ../svn/subversion/libsvn_fs/fs_skels.c:671
#1 0x40073c47 in svn_fs__write_rep (fs=0x8060d50, key=0x8092860 "2",
    rep=0xbffff4f4, trail=0x806eef8)
    at ../svn/subversion/libsvn_fs/reps-table.c:113
#2 0x4007366b in svn_fs__rep_deltify (fs=0x8060d50, target=0x8092860 "2",
    source=0x8092950 "3", trail=0x806eef8)
    at ../svn/subversion/libsvn_fs/reps-strings.c:1452
#3 0x4006ba9c in deltify (target_id=0x80902e8, source_id=0x8092618,
    fs=0x8060d50, props_only=1, trail=0x806eef8)
    at ../svn/subversion/libsvn_fs/deltify.c:60
#4 0x4006bde2 in deltify_by_id (fs=0x8060d50, target_id=0x80902e8, is_dir=1,
    trail=0x806eef8) at ../svn/subversion/libsvn_fs/deltify.c:155
#5 0x4006bfdb in deltify_undeltify (fs=0x8060d50, root=0x808e2a8,
    path=0x4007f62a "/", id=0x80902e8, do_deltify=1, recurse=1,
    trail=0x806eef8) at ../svn/subversion/libsvn_fs/deltify.c:219
#6 0x4006c0d8 in txn_body_deltify (baton=0xbffff6f8, trail=0x806eef8)
    at ../svn/subversion/libsvn_fs/deltify.c:255
#7 0x40076a95 in svn_fs__retry_txn (fs=0x8060d50,
    txn_body=0x4006c03c <txn_body_deltify>, baton=0xbffff6f8, pool=0x806ed80)
    at ../svn/subversion/libsvn_fs/trail.c:127
#8 0x4006c2a1 in svn_fs_deltify (root=0x808e2a8, path=0x4007f62a "/",
    recursive=1, pool=0x806ed80) at ../svn/subversion/libsvn_fs/deltify.c:304
#9 0x4007990b in svn_fs_commit_txn (conflict_p=0xbffff7fc,
    new_rev=0xbffff804, txn=0x806ee50)
    at ../svn/subversion/libsvn_fs/tree.c:1895

I don't know much about skels, the fs layer, or md5 checksums. In
addition valgrind is very much still under development. Is this a
false alarm from valgrind or is the chunk/checksum wrong?

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