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From Justin Erenkrantz <jerenkra...@ebuilt.com>
Subject Re: apr_date's functions corrupt the caller's data.
Date Tue, 29 Jan 2002 04:01:11 GMT
On Tue, Jan 29, 2002 at 01:44:32AM +0800, Stas Bekman wrote:
> apr_date's apr_date_parse_rfc function modifies the date string in the 
> caller's namespace and corrupts it. I didn't test all cases but only the 
> accepted formats, for the .h docs:

That's why you are also passing in a char* not a const char*.  I
didn't want to rewrite all of the date code to handle the oddball
dates - I figured it'd be easier to note that the char* could be
changed rather than incur a copy.

Feel free to submit a patch that makes it const char* (probably only
need to copy the date if it's an oddball).  The only place that is 
using this code is mod_mbox, but we could do some cleanups so that
others can use it with a const char* expectation.

> This code also could corrupt the data:
>         if ((date = strchr(date, ' ')) == NULL)   /* Find space after 
> weekday */
>             return APR_DATE_BAD;
> this one happens in _http version as well.

Do you have any thoughts on how to resolve this?  We are assuming
that we're working with a valid string.  It'll stop at a term
NULL.  If you pass in a non-NULL terminated string, too bad, IMHO.

> I've tried walking through the code with gdb, but it looks like code 
> gets optimized in a weird way, so I see completely bogus values of date 
> while stepping through it.

Make sure you are using -g - this code can be extremely optimized
by the compiler, so stepping through with gcc's optimiziations on
can cause headaches.  -- justin

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