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From "Roberto Tyley (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (HARMONY-6637) [classlib] [archive] Inflater.inflate() short-circuits on zero-length request, finished() never true for a zero-length data source
Date Mon, 30 Aug 2010 15:30:53 GMT
[classlib] [archive] Inflater.inflate() short-circuits on zero-length request, finished() never
true for a zero-length data source
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                 Key: HARMONY-6637
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HARMONY-6637
             Project: Harmony
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Classlib
            Reporter: Roberto Tyley
            Priority: Critical


There's code in the inflate() method of classlib/modules/archive/src/main/java/java/util/zip/Inflater.java
(r926871 and earlier) which short-cuts the inflation if the parameter 'nbytes' is 0 - ie if
the caller is actually requesting zero bytes:

if (nbytes == 0) {
     return 0;     --- Don't do any work: DON'T UPDATE THE *FINISHED* FLAG!
}

While it seems reasonable, it is in fact incompatible with the RI (which *does* attempt to
process the deflated source data in the nbytes, and will update the finished() flag) - and
so causes problems with a common inflation loop scenario, where the code loops to populate
a destination byte-array of known size while inflater.finished() is not true. Even if the
destination byte-array is known to be zero-length (e.g. we're deflating a zero-length file),
the coder might still reasonably expect calling inflate() to set the finished() flag to true.
However, unlike the RI, Harmony implementation does not update the finished() flag, which
leads to an infinite loop or some other bad outcome.

Bit short on time right now, will try to provide a better testcase and possibly a patch at
a later date.

best regards,
Roberto Tyley






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