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0004213unrealircdpublic2015-07-10 13:06
ReporternenolodAssigned Tosyzop  
Status resolvedResolutionfixed 
Target Version3.4-alpha1Fixed in Version3.4-beta1 
Summary0004213: parv[0] usage needs to be fixed
DescriptionAnywhere we're using parv[0], we should use sptr->name or sptr->id.

We also need a macro to choose sptr->id over sptr->name if an ID is present (which will be used for the TS6-ish messages).

Using parv[0] means we do not have control over what we're sending over the wire, which can desync non-SID servers.

This bug must be fully resolved before we can go beta.
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related to 0004215 closed Unreal 3.4 alpha2 blockers 
child of 0004212 resolvedsyzop TS6-ish server protocol metabug 



2013-05-24 13:18



2013-05-24 13:19

reporter   ~0017662

Sledgehammer-like patch to change this. Similar to the checked string operations patch, it will likely introduce at least one bug which we will turn up if we do detailed testing ;)


2013-05-26 11:02

administrator   ~0017685

Shouldn't the sledgehammer-like patch use the macro you mentioned?
I presume we should use UID everywhere possible?
Or does your sledgehammer not provide that capability ;p

You can also (upstream) make parv[0] = NULL / 0xDEADBEEF / something other nasty so you can easily catch anyone using it...


2013-05-26 13:07

reporter   ~0017690

I'm not nenolod. Anyway, it should definitely use the macro in some cases, which we might want to review. I may amend this patch to do that if I have time.


2013-05-26 15:10

administrator   ~0017691

Ok, good :)

Don't understand your "I'm not nenolod" though. Perhaps my 'upstream' term confused you? Sorry. I meant setting para[0] to NULL in parse(). Again, if you want a simple way to trace any issues, I'm not saying it's a great idea in other circumstances.


2013-05-26 21:32

reporter   ~0017693

Of course. I merely meant that I didn't mention the macro you're talking about at all.


2015-07-10 13:05

administrator   ~0018470


commit e8dfb284a1edf3da0bdea230a61ce8a960a2480a
Author: Bram Matthys <>
Date: Fri Jul 10 12:17:05 2015 +0200

    Replace parv[0] with sptr->name. Don't use parv[0] anymore.
    I went through all 500+ of them by hand as to avoid introducing bugs... we'll see ;)

commit 0c516abc76341db0aae43bb9870241ceb954eab7
Author: Bram Matthys <>
Date: Fri Jul 10 12:29:07 2015 +0200

    You can now no longer use parv[0]. Doing so will lead to a crash, this is intentional. Use sptr->name instead.
    No UnrealIRCd code reads from parv[0] anymore.
    Perhaps later, after a few stable versions, we'll turn this into something more useful. Or not. But not soon.

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2013-05-23 10:10 nenolod New Issue
2013-05-23 10:11 nenolod Relationship added child of 0004212
2013-05-24 13:18 falconkirtaran File Added: 4213_sledgehammer_parv_change.diff
2013-05-24 13:19 falconkirtaran Note Added: 0017662
2013-05-25 00:37 nenolod Relationship added related to 0004215
2013-05-26 11:02 syzop Note Added: 0017685
2013-05-26 13:07 falconkirtaran Note Added: 0017690
2013-05-26 15:10 syzop Note Added: 0017691
2013-05-26 21:32 falconkirtaran Note Added: 0017693
2014-03-14 01:14 peterkingalexander Issue cloned: 0004304
2015-07-10 13:05 syzop Note Added: 0018470
2015-07-10 13:05 syzop Status new => resolved
2015-07-10 13:05 syzop Fixed in Version => 3.4-beta1
2015-07-10 13:05 syzop Resolution open => fixed
2015-07-10 13:05 syzop Assigned To => syzop