[OpenJDK 2D-Dev] <AWT Dev> [8] Review request for 8005607: Recursion in J2DXErrHandler() Causes a Stack Overflow on Linux

Anton Litvinov anton.litvinov at oracle.com
Fri Jan 11 10:44:34 UTC 2013

Hello Jim,

Thank you very much for the review and provision of a new idea of a 
solution. Elimination of the logic, which sets/unsets J2DXErrHandler() 
for each call "XShmAttach(awt_display, &shminfo))" should effectively 
resolve the issue, but only in case if all other native error handlers, 
which were set by the system function "XSetErrorHandler()" in JDK or in 
any external library, observe the rule of relaying of all events, which 
are not relative to them, to the previously saved error handlers. 
Otherwise an error generated during "XShmAttach" function call will not 
be handled by J2DXErrHandler().

Could you answer the following question. By setting J2DXErrHandler() 
only once and forever do you mean usage of AWT global event handler 
"static int ToolkitErrorHandler(Display * dpy, XErrorEvent * event)" 
from "src/solaris/native/sun/xawt/XlibWrapper.c" with Java synthetic 
handlers or creation of another global native error handler with 
J2DXErrHandler as native synthetic handler?

Thank you,

On 1/10/2013 5:44 AM, Jim Graham wrote:
> I think I'd rather see some way to prevent double-adding the handler 
> in the first place as well.  Since it is only ever used on errors I 
> also think it is OK to set it once and leave it there forever...
>             ...jim
> On 1/9/13 8:08 AM, Anthony Petrov wrote:
>> Hi Anton et al.,
>> If I read the description of the bug correctly, specifically this part:
>>> The problem occurs, if another thread (for example, GTK thread) is
>>> doing the same sort of thing concurrently. This can lead to the
>>> following situation.
>>>  JVM thread: Sets J2DXErrHandler(), saves ANY_PREVIOUS_HANDLER as
>>> previous      GTK thread: Sets some GTK_HANDLER, saves
>>> J2DXErrHandler() as previous  JVM thread: Restores
>>> ANY_PREVIOUS_HANDLER      GTK thread: Restores J2DXErrHandler()  JVM
>>> thread: Sets J2DXErrHandler(), saves J2DXErrHandler() as previous
>> It is obvious that at this final step 2D is in an inconsistent state. We
>> don't expect to replace our own error handler (and it shouldn't have
>> been there in the first place).
>> I realize that the fix you propose works around this problem. But this
>> doesn't look like an ideal solution to me.
>> BTW, IIRC, in JDK7 (and 6?) we decided to set the actual X11 error
>> handler only once and never replace it. All the rest of the
>> push_handler/pop_handler logic is now located in Java code (see
>> XToolkit.SAVED_ERROR_HANDLER() and the surrounding logic). I believe
>> that we should somehow share this machinery with the 2D code to avoid
>> this sort of problems. Though I'm not sure if this will eliminate this
>> exact issue.
>> 2D/AWT folks: any other thoughts?
>> -- 
>> best regards,
>> Anthony
>> On 12/29/2012 17:44, Anton Litvinov wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> Please review the following fix for a bug.
>>> Bug: http://bugs.sun.com/bugdatabase/view_bug.do?bug_id=8005607
>>>          https://jbs.oracle.com/bugs/browse/JDK-8005607
>>> Webrev: http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~alitvinov/8005607/webrev.00
>>> The bug consists in a crash which is caused by a stack overflow for
>>> the reason of an infinite recursion in AWT native function
>>> J2DXErrHandler() under certain circumstances on 32-bit Linux OS. The
>>> fix is based on introduction of the logic, which detects indirect
>>> recursive calls to J2DXErrHandler() by means of a simple counter, to
>>> J2DXErrHandler() native function. Such a solution requires minimum
>>> code changes, does not alter the handler's code significantly and
>>> eliminates this bug.
>>> Adding 2d-dev at openjdk.java.net e-mail alias to the list of recipients
>>> of this letter, because the edited function's name is related to Java
>>> 2D area of JDK, despite of the fact that the edited file is located in
>>> AWT directory.
>>> Thank you,
>>> Anton

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