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From "Stefan Bodewig (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (COMPRESS-376) decompressConcatenated improvement
Date Sun, 18 Dec 2016 12:53:58 GMT


Stefan Bodewig commented on COMPRESS-376:

[~jgustie] I've pushed a unit test in git branch COMPRESS-376 and it passes. It seems I need
something more sophisticated than just adding zeros at the end of a valid tgz ({{COMPRESS-376.tar.gz}}
is {{bla.tar}} gzipped and padded to 2k).

> decompressConcatenated improvement
> ----------------------------------
>                 Key: COMPRESS-376
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons Compress
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Compressors
>            Reporter: Jeremy Gustie
> First the problem I am seeing: in general I am always setting {{decompressConcatenated}}
to {{true}}, most of the time this works fine. However, it seems like some versions of Python
tarfile will pad a compressed TAR file with null bytes. The null bytes are recognized as garbage,
causing decompression to fail. Unfortunately this failure occurs while filling a buffer for
data used to read the final entry in the TAR file causing {{TarArchiveInputStream.getNextEntry}}
to fail before the last entry can be returned.
> There are a couple of potential solutions I can see:
> 1. The easiest thing to do we be to special case the null padding and just terminate
without failing (in the {{GzipCompressorInputStream.init}} method, this amounts to adding
a check for {{magic0 == 0 && (magic1 == 0 || magic1 == -1)}} and returning {{false}}).
Perhaps draining the underlying stream to ensure that the remaining bytes are all null could
reduce the likelihood of a false positive recognizing the padding.
> 2. Change {{decompressConcatenated}} to a tri-state value (maybe add an extra {{ignoreGarbage}}
flag) to suppress the failure; basically concatenated streams would be decompressed only if
the appropriate magic is found. This has API impact but completely preserves backwards compatibility.
> 3. Finally, deferring the failure to the next read attempt may also be a viable solution
that nearly preserves backwards compatibility. As I mentioned before, the "Garbage after..."
error occurs while reading the final entry in a TAR file: if the current read (which contains
all of the final data from the compression stream) were allowed to complete normally, the
downstream consumer might also complete normally; the next attempt to read (the garbage past
the end of the compression stream) would be the read that fails with the "Garbage after..."
error. This gives the downstream code the best opportunity to both process the full compression
stream and receive the unexpected garbage failure.
> I was mostly looking at the {{GzipCompressorInputStream}}, I suspect similar changes
would be needed in the other decompress-concatenated compressor streams.

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