Fun with Bugs #63 – On Bugs Detected by ASan

Among other things Geir Hoydalsvik stated in his nice post yesterday:
 "We’ve fixed a number of bugs detected by UBsan and Asan."
This is indeed true, I already noted many related bugs fixed in recent MySQL 8.0.4. But I think that a couple of details are missing in the blog post. First of all, there still a notable number of bugs detected by ASan or noted in builds with ASan that remain "Verified". Second, who actually found and reported these bugs?

I decided to do a quick search and present my summary to clarify these details. Let me start with the list of "Verified" or "Open" bugs in public MySQL bugs database, starting from the oldest one:
  • Bug #69715 - "UBSAN: Item_func_mul::int_op() mishandles 9223372036854775809*-1". The oldest related "Verified" bug I found was reported back in 2013 by Arthur O'Dwyer. Shane Bester from Oracle kindly keeps checking it with recent and upcoming releases, so we know that even '9.0.0-dmr-ubsan' (built on 20 October 2017) was still affected.
  • Bug #80309 - "some innodb tests fail with address sanitizer (WITH_ASAN)". It was reported by Richard Prohaska and remains "Verified" for more than two years already.
  • Bug #80581 - "rpl_semi_sync_[non_]group_commit_deadlock crash on ASan, debug". This bug reported by Laurynas Biveinis from Percona two years ago is still "Verified".
  • Bug #81674 - "LeakSanitizer-enabled build fails to bootstrap server for MTR". This bug reported by  Laurynas Biveinis affects only MySQL 5.6, but still, why not to backport the fix from 5.7?
  • Bug #82026 - "Stack buffer overflow with --ssl-cipher=<more than 4K characters>". Bug detected by ASan was noted by Yura Sorokin from Percona and reported by Laurynas Biveinis.
  • Bug #82915 - "SIGKILL myself when using innodb_limit_optimistic_insert_debug=2 and drop table". ASan debug builds are affected. This bug was reported by Roel Van de Paar from Percona.
  • Bug #85995 - "Server error exit due to empty datadir causes LeakSanitizer errors". This bug in MySQL 8.0.1 (that had to affect anyone who runs tests on ASan debug builds on a regular basis) was reported by Laurynas Biveinis and stay "Verified" for almost a year.
  • Bug #87129 - "Unstable test main.basedir". This test problem reported by Laurynas Biveinis affects ASan builds, among others. See also his Bug #87190 - "Test main.group_by is unstable".
  • Bug #87201 - "XCode 8.3.3+ -DWITH_UBSAN=ON bundled protobuf build error". Yet another (this time macOS-specific) bug found by Laurynas Biveinis.
  • Bug #87295 - "Test group_replication.gr_single_primary_majority_loss_1 produces warnings". Potential bug in group replication noted by Laurynas Biveinis in ASan builds.
  • Bug #87923 - "ASan reporting a memory leak on merge_large_tests-t". This bug by Laurynas Biveinis is still "Verified", while Tor Didriksen's comment states that it it resolved with the fix for Bug #87922 (that is closed as fixed in MySQL 8.0.4). Why not to close this one also?
  • Bug #89438 - "LeakSanitizer errors on xplugin unit tests". As Laurynas Biveinis found, X Plugin unit tests report errors with LeakSanitizer.
  • Bug #89439 - "LeakSanitizer errors on GCS unit tests". yet another bug report for MySQL 8.0.4 by Laurynas Biveinis.
  • Bug #89961 - "add support for clang ubsan". This request was made by Tor Didriksen from Oracle. It is marked as "fixed in 8.0.12". It means we may get MySQL 8.0.11 released soon. That's why I decided to mention the bug here.
There were also few other test failures noted on ASan debug builds. I skipped them to make this post shorter.

Personally I do not run builds or tests with ASan on a regular basis. I appreciate Oracle's efforts to make code warning-free, UBSan- and ASan-clean, and fix bugs found with ASan. But I'd also want them to process all/most of related bugs in public database properly before making announcements of new related achievement, and clearly admit and appreciate a lot of help and contribution from specific community members (mostly Laurynas Biveinis in this case).

Percona engineers seem to test ASan builds of MySQL 5.7 and 8.0 (or Percona's closely related versions) regularly, for years, and contribute back public bug reports. I suspect they found way more related bugs than internal Oracle's QA. I think we should explicitly thank them for this contribution that made MySQL better!

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