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bug#23704: 25.1.50; Emacs crash in syntax.c


From: Andreas Schwab
Subject: bug#23704: 25.1.50; Emacs crash in syntax.c
Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2016 17:03:28 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.5 (gnu/linux)

Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

>> From: Andreas Schwab <address@hidden>
>> Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2016 09:36:07 +0200
>> Cc: address@hidden
>> 
>> > 2233                  if (! fastmap[SYNTAX (*p)])
>> 
>> I think I have seen a similar crash with the emacs-25 branch as well,
>> but only once, and I couldn't reproduce it so far.
>
> If my reading of the code is correct, we have pointers to buffer text
> and the gap lying around, while invoking code that can GC (which
> compacts buffers).  For example, the sequence of calls
>
>    SETUP_SYNTAX_TABLE
>     -> SETUP_BUFFER_SYNTAX_TABLE
>         -> update_syntax_table_forward
>            -> parse_sexp_propertize
>
> could call Lisp, and that happens after we already computed the values
> of p, endp, and stop.  Likewise the call to UPDATE_SYNTAX_TABLE_FORWARD
> we make inside the loop.
>
> If GC decides to compact the gap, it could well make a previously
> valid pointer invalid.
>
> Could that be the reason?

Yes, that looks very likely.

Andreas.

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