Wireshark-bugs: [Wireshark-bugs] [Bug 3984] r29723 optimization, if (cinfo->col_data[col] != cin
Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 07:15:39 -0700 (PDT)

--- Comment #7 from Kovarththanan Rajaratnam <[email protected]>  2009-09-24 07:15:37 PDT ---
(In reply to comment #6)
> Hi,
> Did you open the attached file? Hum, it's only a one packet capture so of
> course the first time ep memory is not clobbered, you have to click on the
> packet.

Sorry about that. I didn't click on the packet, so I didn't see it. This seems
to be a bug in ICMP, which should be fixed in r30112.

>  ep_verify_pointer doesn't work for small capture, where small is rather big
> the bogus packet is from a 51MB file and ep_verify_pointer is still always true
> when loading it, because if there's only one chunk used_list is NULL. I double
> checked with svn r30111.

Fixed in 30113.

> I really think it should be moved to packet_list_change_record and fall back to
> a copy rather than triggering an assert. 
> The most common cause for this bug would be a call to val_to_str with an
> ep_alloced message for unknown value. Even a fuzz test may not always find that
> kind of error. 

We should fix these issues instead of trying to hide them. Things like these
only get worse with time. 

> Moreover a lot of dissectors currently using col_add_str(..., val_to_str(...))
> could be move back to use col_set_str.
> It would save more memory, unknown values are or should be uncommon, and it
> would be faster.

Are you proposing that we keep both col_set_str and col_add_str while still
allowing col_set_str to be called with an ep_alloc'ed string?

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