Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Popular C program crashes, Reasons and how to detect them
Crash:    Segmentation Fault

Reason:  Segmentation Fault is occurred when program tries to access(write or read) memory not owned by program itself
       /* Program name segfault.c */
       #include <stdio.h>
       int main()
            int *a=NULL;
            *a = -1; /* results in segmentation fault*/
            return 0; 

Detection:  In Linux, compile the program with debugging enabled. Means you  have to compile the program with -g option
user@syam:~/crashes$gcc -g segfault.c -o segfault  
user@syam:~/crashes$gdb segfault
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Reading symbols from user@syam:~/crashes/segfault...done.
(gdb) r
Starting program: user@syam:~/crashes/segfault

Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
0x080483c4 in main () at segfault.c:5
5      *a = -1; /* results in segmentation fault*/
(gdb) bt
#0  0x080483c4 in main () at segfault.c:5

gdb command bt shows backtrace where crash is occurred i.e at line number of segfault.c file

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