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Bug #31212 Crash related to php_session_start and configuration
Submitted: 2004-12-20 23:35 UTC Modified: 2004-12-29 18:35 UTC
Avg. Score:5.0 ± 0.0
Reproduced:2 of 2 (100.0%)
Same Version:2 (100.0%)
Same OS:2 (100.0%)
From: jibe at sdf dot lonestar dot org Assigned:
Status: No Feedback Package: Session related
PHP Version: 4.3.10 OS: FreeBSD 5.2.1
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2004-12-20 23:35 UTC] jibe at sdf dot lonestar dot org
hi gang,

using the "session" extension was crashing apache here, making drupal and other software unusable.  

With session.save_handler set to "user" in php.ini, I can
see that "save_path" arrives as 0x0 in "ps_open_user" in
mod_user, and apache crashes.

My fix for now is to hardcode this

        PS(save_path) = malloc(strlen("/tmp/") + 1);
        strcpy(PS(save_path), "/tmp/");

in session.c, and things work fine.  Unfortunately I have
no expertise to track this bug much more.


Reproduce code:
Use drupal..

Expected result:
Apache crashes, and your dmesg is full of 

pid 99709 (httpd), uid 80: exited on signal 11

Actual result:
Attaching httpd with gdb (session module compiled in debug

(gdb) continue

Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
0x2906b8bf in ps_open_user (mod_data=0xffffff00, save_path=0x0, 
    session_name=0x85b12ac "POSTNUKESID")
    at /usr/ports/www/php4-session/work/php-4.3.10/ext/session/mod_user.c:95
95              SESS_ZVAL_STRING(save_path, args[0]);


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 [2004-12-21 10:20 UTC]
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 [2004-12-29 18:35 UTC]
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 [2005-02-08 02:18 UTC] karnaugh at karnaugh dot za dot net

I am experiencing this problem as well on FreeBSD 5.0 with php4-session-4.3.10_2

PHP dies (Segmentation Fault) on session_start()
 [2005-03-30 15:44 UTC] gb at isis dot u-strasbg dot fr
portupgrade -Rf php4-session fixes this problem I have just encountered too.
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