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From "Robert Muir (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LUCENE-4196) Turn asserts in I/O related code into hard checks
Date Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:45:07 GMT


Robert Muir commented on LUCENE-4196:

What do you think Uwe, can we resolve this? Of course we should always look out for this,
but in general I think we are much better for 4.0
> Turn asserts in I/O related code into hard checks
> -------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LUCENE-4196
>                 URL:
>             Project: Lucene - Core
>          Issue Type: Task
>          Components: core/index
>    Affects Versions: 4.0-ALPHA
>            Reporter: Uwe Schindler
>             Fix For: 4.0
>         Attachments: LUCENE-4196.patch
> In lots of codecs we only assert, that e.g. some things inside files are correctly in
bounds, which leads to security problems (ok, not as bad as C-Style buffer overflows), but
e.g. allocating a large array after reading a VInt from a file header and then OOM, is a security
issue. So we have to check all those contracts for files as hard checks, especially as a simply
check in most cases dont cost anything (and it costs not more than the assert itsself, as
the assert also takes CPU power, because it needs a check one time on a static final class
> Of course we cannot check values we read when reading postings, but the simple checks
that any postings file has correct header and something like a positive number of elements,
or number of elements < file size,..., a bit-fireld only contains valid bits in StoredFieldsReader,
or non-duplicate filenames (CFS) are very important. We had those checks in 3.x, but in 4.0,
Mike changed all of those to asserts during the flex development (in my opinion with no real

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