Opened 12 years ago

Closed 9 years ago

#823 closed defect (fixed)

arithmetic-shift fails in extreme cases

Reported by: sjamaan Owned by:
Priority: minor Milestone: 4.10.0
Component: core libraries Version: 4.7.x
Keywords: edge cases, numbers, shifting, overflow Cc:
Estimated difficulty:


I don't know whether it's worth the trouble to fix this, but I'll put it on here so at least it's documented.

(arithmetic-shift -123 most-negative-fixnum) => -123

This should be -1. It fails because in chicken.h the C_i_fixnum_arithmetic_shift function calls C_fixnum_shift_right with the negated value of the shift amount. This overflows and wraps around to zero.

Fixing it would be simplest by just inlining the shift and negating _after_ unboxing. This is easy, but there are some other places that call C_fixnum_shift_right in this way.

This code is obviously wrong but I'm not sure it's worth fixing, since it's such an extreme edge case (if you subtract 1 from the shift amount you get an error that the argument is not a fixnum). On the other hand, not fixing it just seems, I dunno... lazy and possibly dangerous. :)

Change History (3)

comment:1 Changed 11 years ago by sjamaan

Summary: arithmetic-shift fails in exactly one edge casearithmetic-shift fails in extreme cases

Turns out there's also a bug when shifting more than C_WORD_SIZE positions.

According to the C spec, shifting more than the number of bits in the type is undefined (#3 in section 6.5.7, "bitwise shift operators").
Shifting negative values is also pretty ill-defined (#4 and #5, final sentence in both).

C: Don't you just love it?

comment:2 Changed 10 years ago by sjamaan


Not important enough to delay 4.9.0 any longer

comment:3 Changed 9 years ago by sjamaan

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

This has been fixed by the numbers integration in CHICKEN 5. It's not important enough to fix in CHICKEN 4.

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