[Snort-devel] Bus error with Snort-2.0.6/spo_database.c on Sparc.

Jason Wever weeve at ...2185...
Mon Dec 29 14:57:58 EST 2003

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On Mon, 29 Dec 2003 12:51:00 -0500
"Jim Cervantes" <jcervant at ...2278...> wrote:

> Addresses that generate bus errors when dereferenced are often
> attributable to alignment problems.  The underlying machine instruction
> set may have restrictions on how words of certain sizes are accessed. 
> Looking at your debugging printf's below, it looks like you bus error'ed
> trying to read p->tcph->th_seq.  That's a 32-bit (long word) quantity. 
> According to your debugging output, it's aligned to a 16-bit (word)
> boundary (0x24782e).  This may explain the problem.  Usually these sorts
> of issues are handled relatively transparently by C compilers as padding
> is added to struct memory layouts to maintain alignment restrictions,
> but there are various ways that things can go astray - for instance
> custom memory management or certain build problems.  Hope this helps.

I've been seeing this across the whole 2.0.x series using Linux on sparc. 
Not sure if this happened pre-2.0.x or not.

Does snort work reliably on other big endian arches?

Also, Paul, what did you use to build snort?

Jason Wever
Gentoo/Sparc Team Co-Lead
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