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From: Jeremy Linton <>
To: Junio C Hamano <>
Cc: Duy Nguyen <>,
	Git Mailing List <>,
	Jonathan Tan <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] packfile: Correct zlib buffer handling
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2018 20:04:38 -0500
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>


Sorry about the delay here (bit of a mix-up and didn't reply to the list).

(see inline )

On Sun, May 27, 2018 at 9:41 PM, Junio C Hamano <> wrote:
> Junio C Hamano <> writes:
>> Duy Nguyen <> writes:
>>> On Sun, May 27, 2018 at 1:57 AM, Junio C Hamano <> wrote:


> Specifically, I was worried about this assertion:
>     Lets rely on the fact that the source buffer will only be fully
>     consumed when the when the destination buffer is inflated to the
>     correct size.
> which I think is the exact bad thinking that caused troubles for us
> in the past; isn't the explanation in 456cdf6e ("Fix loose object
> uncompression check.", 2007-03-19) relevant here?
> -       stream.avail_out = size + 1;
> +       stream.avail_out = size;
>         ...
>                 stream.next_in = in;
>                 st = git_inflate(&stream, Z_FINISH);
>                 if (!stream.avail_out)
> -                       break; /* the payload is larger than it should be */
> +                       break; /* done, st indicates if source fully consumed */
>                 curpos += stream.next_in - in;
>         } while (st == Z_OK || st == Z_BUF_ERROR);
>         git_inflate_end(&stream);
>         if ((st != Z_STREAM_END) || stream.total_out != size) {
>                 free(buffer);
>                 return NULL;
>         }
> With minimum stream.avail_out without slack, when !avail_out, i.e.
> when we fully filled the output buffer, it could be that we had
> correct input that deflates to the correct size, in which case we
> are happy---st would say Z_STREAM_END, we would leave the loop
> because it is neither OK nor BUF_ERROR, and total_out would report
> the size we expected.  Or the input zlib stream may have ended with
> bytes that express "this concludes the stream", and the input bytes
> before that was sufficient to construct the original payload fully,
> and we may have just fed the bytes before that "this concludes the
> stream" to git_inflate().
> In such a case, we haven't consumed all the avail_in.  We may
> already have all the correct output, i.e. !avail_out, but because we
> haven't consumed the "this concludes the stream", st is not
> STREAM_END in such a case.

If I understand correctly your concerned the avail_in is longer than
what is required to fill the output buffer..

I'm fairly sure that won't result in a Z_STREAM_END, as you rightfully
point out, but the loop _will_ terminate due to the output buffer
being full and then since its not Z_STREAM_END the
unpack_compressed_entry fails, as it should.

> Our existing while() loop, with one-byte slack in avail_out, would
> have let us continue and the next iteration of the loop would have
> consumed the input without producing any more output (i.e. avail_out
> would have been left to 1 in both of these final two rounds) and we
> would have exited the loop.  After calling inflate_end(), we would
> have noticed STREAM_END and correct size and we would have been
> happy.

Your assuming that zlib will terminate with an error, but a fully
decompressed buffer, because it hasn't consumed the entire input
buffer. I don't think that is how it works (its not how the
documentation is written, nor the bits of code i've looked at seem to
work, which granted i'm not a zlib maintainer).

> The updated code would handle this latter case rather badly, no?  We
> leave the loop early, notice st is not STREAM_END, and be very
> unhappy, because this patch did not give us to consume the very end
> of the input stream and left the loop early.

Your correct if the above case is a valid zlib behavior then there
would be a problem. But, I don't think the termination is dicated by
insufficient output space until there is an attempt to utilize that

>>> This yields two problems, first a single byte overrun won't be detected
>>> properly because the Z_STREAM_END will then be set, but the null
>>> terminator will have been overwritten.
> Because we compare total_out and size at the end, we would detect it
> as an error in this function, no?  Then zlib overwriting NUL would
> not be a problem, as we would free the buffer and return NULL, no?
>>> The other problem is that
>>> more recent zlib patches have been poisoning the unconsumed portions
>>> of the buffers which also overwrites the null, while correctly
>>> returning length and status.
> Isn't that a bug in zlib, though?  Or do they do that deliberately?
> I think a workaround with lower impact would be to manually restore
> NUL at the end of the buffer.

I agree, just resetting the NULL its likely safer, and I will repost a
patch soon which if nothing else makes git more robust to errant zlib

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Thread overview: 10+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-05-25 22:56 Jeremy Linton
2018-05-26  5:51 ` Duy Nguyen
2018-05-26 23:57   ` Junio C Hamano
2018-05-27  5:02     ` Duy Nguyen
2018-05-27 11:53       ` Junio C Hamano
2018-05-28  2:41         ` Junio C Hamano
2018-06-13  1:04           ` Jeremy Linton [this message]
2018-05-25 23:17 Jeremy Linton
2018-05-25 23:36 ` Eric Sunshine
2018-05-26  1:06 ` Todd Zullinger

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