dynamic-extent &rest called with no args leads to memory fault

Bug #1072112 reported by Ryan Pavlik on 2012-10-27
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Bug Description

Tested with SBCL-1.1.0, x86_64, with --no-userinit:

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* (defun test (&rest args) (let ((var (car args))) (princ var)))

* (test)
CORRUPTION WARNING in SBCL pid 23136(tid 140737353864960):
Memory fault at 0 (pc=0x1000e2beac, sp=0x7ffff0b575a0)
The integrity of this image is possibly compromised.
Continuing with fingers crossed.




uname -a:

Linux central 3.4.4-gentoo #1 SMP PREEMPT Thu Jun 28 10:23:12 CDT 2012 x86_64 Dual-Core AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 2216 AuthenticAMD GNU/Linux

Stas Boukarev (stassats) wrote :

Note that this only happens with dynamic-extent args:
(defun test (&rest args) (declare (dynamic-extent args)) (car args))
triggers it, while
(defun test (&rest args) (car args))
does not.

summary: - (&rest args) called with no args leads to memory fault
+ dynamic-extent &rest called with no args leads to memory fault
Changed in sbcl:
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → High
tags: added: dynamic-extent
nixie (onixie) on 2012-10-30
Changed in sbcl:
status: Triaged → Confirmed
Stas Boukarev (stassats) on 2012-10-30
Changed in sbcl:
status: Confirmed → Triaged
nixie (onixie) wrote :

This bug is introduced by commit 373df66 for optimizing &REST arguments.

The (CAR ARGS) in #'TEST is source-transformed to
        (%REST-REF 0 ARGS #:REST-CONTEXT #:REST-COUNT) which might be (the optimized case) finally ir1-transformed to
        (%MORE-ARG #:REST-CONTEXT 0) for accessing the CAR of ARGS in more context.
The bad thing is %MORE-ARG can't check context boundary itself and %REST-REF doesn't help it either.

Unfortunately, more context won't be established if caller of #'TEST doesn't supply any rest arguments, see COPY-MORE-ARG.

This bug is just the case. %MORE-ARG accesses stack area which is not a more context at all; Any unexpected low level bits can be returned as the CAR of ARGS, including things not a lisp object.

The same reason bug also happens in NTH, ELT. try:

    (defun test (n &rest args)
          (nth n args))

    (loop for i from 0 to 1000
              collect (test i))

I'm not very familiar with the more context actually, so to ensure I don't have miss understanding. To fix the bug,
Is it ok to let %REST-ARGS to check the context boundary,
or 'd better extend %MORE-ARG to check the context boundary.
or 'd better change %MORE-ARG-CONTEXT to return (values NIL 0) if no context established?

Stas Boukarev (stassats) wrote :

Fixed in fa2e7181b3f21505a340ae25a5f41998f67665a8

Changed in sbcl:
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
Stas Boukarev (stassats) on 2013-03-31
Changed in sbcl:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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