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Bug #20470 With builtin GD, memory leak and segfault
Submitted: 2002-11-17 20:20 UTC Modified: 2002-11-19 13:57 UTC
From: oldwolf at xtra dot co dot nz Assigned: derick (profile)
Status: Closed Package: GD related
PHP Version: 4.3.0-dev/4.4.0-dev OS: Linux 2.2.19
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2002-11-17 20:20 UTC] oldwolf at xtra dot co dot nz
I have a PHP script for outputting a PNG image. It uses the following functions:

This worked correctly with PHP 4.0.6 , GD 1.8.4, FreeType 1.3.1. (At the time I first installed PHP4, these were the latest versions of GD and FreeType that behaved properly). 

When I upgraded to PHP 4.3.0RC1, with builtin GD, executing the same script produced memory leak errors in the Apache log:

/usr/local/src/php-4.3.0RC1/ext/gd/libgd/gdhelpers.c(89) :  Freeing 0x082B9CE4 (8 bytes), script=/u/www/paygate/cheque-image.php
Last leak repeated 270 times
/usr/local/src/php-4.3.0RC1/ext/gd/libgd/gdhelpers.c(89) :  Freeing 0x082BDDA4 (8 bytes), script=/u/www/paygate/cheque-image.php
[Mon Nov 18 12:48:04 2002] [notice] child pid 10950 exit signal Segmentation fault (11)
/usr/local/src/php-4.3.0RC1/ext/gd/libgd/gdhelpers.c(89) :  Freeing 0x082B8B84 (8 bytes), script=/u/www/paygate/cheque-image.php
Last leak repeated 264 times

Sometimes the image would still display correctly anyway, and sometimes there would be no output (presumably corresponding to those times that Apache segfaulted, although I did not check this explicitly).

I found that I could correct the problem by not using the builtin GD. This required two steps:
  -- modify my ./configure command to use --with-gd=/path/to/gd instead of --with-gd
  -- modify php_config.h to say HAVE_GD_GD2 0  (in 2 places), ./configure did not pick up automatically that my installed GD was 1.x 

After rebuilding with these GD settings the image was generated correctly with no memory leaks and no segfaults.

I guess therefore that there is something wrong with the builtin GD code.

Here is my ./configure line (that generates the buggy version):

./configure --with-mcrypt --with-mhash --with-mysql=../../mysql --with-gd --enable-versioning --with-ttf --enable-shared --enable-freetype-4bit-antialias-hack --with-informix --with-bz2 --with-gmp --with-zlib --enable-sockets --with-config-dir=/usr/local/etc --enable-debug --with-png-dir=/usr/local --with-jpeg-dir=/usr/local --without-pear --with-apxs

When using "--with-gd", phpinfo() displays "GD Version" as "bundled (2.0 compatible)" and "GIF Support" as "enabled". When using "--with-gd=/path/to/gd", phpinfo() displays "GD Version" as "1.6.2 or higher" and does not display the "GIF Support" line. All other GD fields stay the same (ie. "enabled", except for "FreeType Linkage" which is "with TTF library").



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 [2002-11-17 20:44 UTC]
This bug has been fixed in CVS.

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 [2002-11-17 20:56 UTC]
Even with Derick's patch we still have some memory lacks so we open it back.
 [2002-11-17 20:56 UTC]
This bug is actually valid.
 [2002-11-19 13:57 UTC]
4.3.0 tree has been reverted to old memory allocation scheme.
In 4.4.0 the persistent allocation problem has been resolved.
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