Issue #11515 has been updated by Nobuyoshi Nakada.

Status changed from Feedback to Rejected

`cmd` in `CreateChild()` is always allocated in heap.
win32/win32.c does not provide wchar-version `spawn` functions.

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Bug #11515: CreateProcessW() can cause "Invalid access to memory location"
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/11515#change-54462

* Author: Christian Hltje
* Status: Rejected
* Priority: Normal
* Assignee: 
* ruby -v: 
* Backport: 2.0.0: UNKNOWN, 2.1: UNKNOWN, 2.2: UNKNOWN
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The second argument for `CreateProcessW()` needs to *not* be a constant because it may be modified:

From https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms682425(v=vs.85).aspx :

> The Unicode version of this function, CreateProcessW, can modify the contents of this string. Therefore, this parameter cannot be a pointer to read-only memory (such as a const variable or a literal string). If this parameter is a constant string, the function may cause an access violation.

This would explain sporadic "Invalid access to memory location" errors people see on Windows.

To resolve ths, `cmd` should be copied into a temporary variable before CreateProcessW() is called.

I've attached a patch that might work, but I'm not an expert C/Windows programmer.

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ruby-CreateProcessW-memory-error.diff (919 Bytes)


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