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bug#18140: [PATCH] macros.c: CHECK_VECTOR_OR_STRING invokes wrong_type_a

From: Andreas Schwab
Subject: bug#18140: [PATCH] macros.c: CHECK_VECTOR_OR_STRING invokes wrong_type_argument for Qnil instead of return 0
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:52:34 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

Jan Chaloupka <address@hidden> writes:

> Changelog:
>       line wrapping to 80 characters
> In function Fstart_kbd_macro (macros.c), Vlast_kbd_macro of current_kboard is
> Qnil for the first invocation. If NILP (append) is false,
> current_kboard->kbd_macro_ptr has random value (in our case
> 0x5353535353535353), which after CHECK_VECTOR_OR_STRING failure (invocation
> of wrong_type_argument) results in garbage collecting.
> During gc, marking of objects is processed and mark_kboards (keyboard.c) is
> invoked. Following for loop is fired:
> for (p = kb->kbd_macro_buffer; p < kb->kbd_macro_ptr; p++)
>                   mark_object (*p);
> Since kb->kbd_macro_ptr is set to 0x5353535353535353, mark_object (*p) is
> trying to mark object on address out of memory space (or memory that
> cannot be accessed). Thus resulting in SIGSEGV signal.

So the correct solution is to initialize kbd_macro_ptr together with
kbd_macro_buffer.  Otherwise the same situation can still happen any
time garbage collection is called.


Andreas Schwab, SUSE Labs, address@hidden
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