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From Philipp Machke <philipp.masc...@web.de>
Subject Xerces-C++ 3.0.1 causes heap corruption error
Date Tue, 01 Sep 2009 11:57:09 GMT

I'm using Xerces-C++ 3.0.1 for development with VisualStudio 2005 on Windows. I have implemented
an importer for rss feeds using the URLInputSource for a SAXParser.
The importer runs fine on most urls, but when I test it on a more complex website it crashes
with a heap corruption error (call stack and error message attached).
I tried several different urls, some caused errors, others did not. I attached a small list
of urls for each group.
Looking at the call stack, I'm quite sure that Xerces causes the error. My current guess is,
that Xerces may have some problems with javascript or something like that. If so, it would
be good to have an exception to catch.
Currently I can only hope, that the user doesn't type in one of the 'bad urls', since I can
do nothing to prevent that crash. As you can imagine, I'm not really comfortable with this
solution. I would greatly appreciate any hints to how I can handle this situation.

While I'm at it: Why is it, that NetAccessorException is not documented in the api-docu? It
took me some time to find out that there even is such a exception.

Here are all information I collected up until now:
Debug Output
Debug Error!

HEAP CORRUPTION DETECTED: after Normal block (#22425) at 0x017F8858.
CRT detected that the application wrote to memory after end of heap buffer.

 	ShapeImport_d.exe!_free_dbg_nolock(void * pUserData=0x017f8858, int nBlockUse=1)  Line 1333
+ 0x3b bytes	C++
 	ShapeImport_d.exe!_free_dbg(void * pUserData=0x017f8858, int nBlockUse=1)  Line 1220 + 0xd
bytes	C++
 	ShapeImport_d.exe!operator delete(void * pUserData=0x017f8858)  Line 54 + 0x10 bytes	C++
 	ShapeImport_d.exe!xercesc_3_0::MemoryManagerImpl::deallocate()  + 0x16 bytes	
 	ShapeImport_d.exe!xercesc_3_0::TranscodeToStr::~TranscodeToStr()  + 0x2a bytes	
 	ShapeImport_d.exe!xercesc_3_0::BinHTTPInputStreamCommon::createHTTPRequest()  + 0x4a6 bytes

 	ShapeImport_d.exe!xercesc_3_0::BinHTTPInputStreamCommon::sendRequest()  + 0x66 bytes	
 	ShapeImport_d.exe!xercesc_3_0::BinHTTPURLInputStream::BinHTTPURLInputStream()  + 0x2e7 bytes

 	ShapeImport_d.exe!xercesc_3_0::WinSockNetAccessor::makeNew()  + 0x7a bytes	
 	ShapeImport_d.exe!xercesc_3_0::XMLURL::makeNewStream()  + 0x359 bytes	
 	ShapeImport_d.exe!xercesc_3_0::URLInputSource::makeStream()  + 0x12 bytes	
 	ShapeImport_d.exe!xercesc_3_0::ReaderMgr::createReader()  + 0x3c bytes	
 	ShapeImport_d.exe!xercesc_3_0::IGXMLScanner::scanReset()  + 0x5de bytes	
 	ShapeImport_d.exe!xercesc_3_0::IGXMLScanner::scanDocument()  + 0x82 bytes	
 	ShapeImport_d.exe!xercesc_3_0::SAX2XMLReaderImpl::parse()  + 0xb3 bytes	
> > > fileURLs=[1]("http://maps.oberbayern.de"))  Line 67 + 0x11 bytes	C++
 	ShapeImport_d.exe!main(int argc=1, char * * argv=0x003a3ac0)  Line 129 + 0x22 bytes	C++
 	ShapeImport_d.exe!__tmainCRTStartup()  Line 327 + 0x19 bytes	C
 	ShapeImport_d.exe!mainCRTStartup()  Line 196	C
 	[Frames below may be incorrect and/or missing, no symbols loaded for kernel32.dll]	

Release Output
HEAP[ShapeImport.exe]: Heap block at 0100CFC8 modified at 0100CFD2 past requested size of
Windows has triggered a breakpoint in ShapeImport.exe.

This may be due to a corruption of the heap, and indicates a bug in ShapeImport.exe or any
of the DLLs it has loaded.

The output window may have more diagnostic information
HEAP[ShapeImport.exe]: Invalid Address specified to RtlFreeHeap( 00DE0000, 0100CFD0 )
Windows has triggered a breakpoint in ShapeImport.exe.

This may be due to a corruption of the heap, and indicates a bug in ShapeImport.exe or any
of the DLLs it has loaded.

The output window may have more diagnostic information

Source Code (without error handling, simplified)
using namespace xercesc;


MyImporter::startImport(vector<string> fileURLs)
	SAX2XMLReader* parser = XMLReaderFactory::createXMLReader();
	parser->setFeature(XMLUni::fgSAX2CoreValidation, true);
	parser->setFeature(XMLUni::fgSAX2CoreNameSpaces, true);

    	MyHandler* handler = new MyHandler();

	BOOST_FOREACH(string fileURL, fileURLs)
		XMLURL url = XMLURL(fileURL.c_str());
		URLInputSource* urlSource = new URLInputSource(url);

		parser->parse(*urlSource); //here I catch  SAXParseException, NetAccessorException, XMLException,
my own exceptions and std::runtime_error

no error:


Thanks in advance for any help!

Philipp Maschke

PS: I just tested some more and found that my catch clauses do not kick in... I caused a NetAccessorException
and it wasnt caught, although it should have been :(
    Here's the code:
    try {
    	catch (const SAXParseException& toCatch) {
    		char* message = XMLString::transcode(toCatch.getMessage());
    		cout << "SAX parser exception:" << endl << message << endl;
    	catch (const NetAccessorException& toCatch)
    		char* message = XMLString::transcode(toCatch.getMessage());
    		cout << "Network exception: " << endl << message << endl;

     When I cause a NetAccessorException I get as debug output:
     First-chance exception at 0x7c812a6b in ShapeImport_d.exe: Microsoft C++ exception: xercesc_3_0::NetAccessorException
at memory location 0x0012f404..
     but on stdout just:
     Fatal Error: Unable to open file '...' at line: 0
     What am I doing wrong?

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