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Subject: Re: [boost] [Serialization] Bizarre bug
From: troy d. straszheim (troy_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-08-03 13:51:39

Jarl Lindrud wrote:
> There is a rather bizarre bug in Boost.Serialization, that was
> reported on this list three years ago:
> +bizarre+bug
> To sum up, a piece of code that is never even executed, is causing a
> serialization error in a different part of the program.
> Unfortunately it seems that this bug was never fixed - I just tried
> it on Boost 1.39.0, and the bug is still there.
> Any chance something can be done about it?
> For reference, here is the sample program that reproduces the issue:

Looks like UB to me. From the C++ standard:

Note: in particular, a null reference cannot exist in a well-defined
program, because the only way to create such a reference would be to
bind it to the "object" obtained by dereferencing a null pointer,
which causes undefined behavior. (§ 8.3.2, ¶ 4)

There is plenty of stuff out on the net about this; I find this thread
pretty entertaining:


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