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Subject: [boost] [serialization] Binary iarchive invalid signature
From: Gevorg Voskanyan (v_gevorg_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-05-25 07:06:42


Binary iarchive is supposed to throw invalid_signature archive_exception when the archive content doesn't start with the expected signature. However in some cases a different behavior is observed when trying to load from an invalid archive. For example, if the supposed signature size being read ends up a huge number (can easily happen trying to load from an arbitrary file not created with Boost.Serialization), the program spends a few seconds on line 111 of basic_binary_iprimitive.ipp (s.resize(l);) allocating a big chunk of memory to read the signature into, then tries to read that many bytes from the stream, which, assuming the file is not that large, reads less bytes than requested so it all ends up throwing archive_exception(stream_error) at basic_binary_iprimitive.hpp:164. Another example is when the 'signature size' being read happens to be a larger number still, then s.resize(l); throws std::bad_alloc when in fact the user would want to get
 archive_exception(invalid_signature) instead.

I've attached a patch for archive/impl/basic_binary_iarchive.ipp against Boost 1.43 version that fixes the problem for me.



P.S. Boost 1.43, Win XP SP2, MSVC 8

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