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Bug 677012 - dev-lang/perl-5.28.0 on musl: invocations of memmem(3) return invalid data
Summary: dev-lang/perl-5.28.0 on musl: invocations of memmem(3) return invalid data
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal (vote)
Assignee: Gentoo Perl team
Depends on: 681720
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Reported: 2019-01-31 22:20 UTC by eroen
Modified: 2019-05-11 17:35 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description eroen 2019-01-31 22:20:12 UTC
Upstream bug:

Example program showing the bug on perl versions 5.26 and 5.28 on musl systems:

    $x = "1_1";
    $y = "1_1";
    print index($x, $y);

This should print 0, on affected setups it typically prints a large negative number.

Among other things, this breaks the openssl build system:

Upstream has a series of 5 patches that seem to resolve this issue:

Unfortunately, it disables the memmem optimizations for gentoo musl users (the ldd test doesn't work). This is still superior to the current breakage.
Comment 1 Anthony Basile gentoo-dev 2019-02-01 13:03:34 UTC
I am aware of the issue, see [1].  I was waiting for the perl team to come up with a fix --- thanks for bringing it to my attention.

I'd urge the perl team to add those patches since they are from upstream and they fix a serious issue with gentoo/musl.

Ref. [1]
Comment 2 Andreas K. Hüttel archtester gentoo-dev 2019-04-07 14:32:33 UTC
This will be fixed in 5.28.2 (out soon and in preparation).
Comment 3 Larry the Git Cow gentoo-dev 2019-04-19 16:54:35 UTC
The bug has been referenced in the following commit(s):

commit 2f7a94dc3f57dc784e88c85516c7bfcc4e3bf5f9
Author:     Andreas K. Hüttel <>
AuthorDate: 2019-04-19 15:57:12 +0000
Commit:     Andreas K. Hüttel <>
CommitDate: 2019-04-19 16:52:03 +0000

    package.mask: Unmask Perl 5.28.2
    Signed-off-by: Andreas K. Hüttel <>

 profiles/package.mask | 7 -------
 1 file changed, 7 deletions(-)
Comment 4 Andreas K. Hüttel archtester gentoo-dev 2019-05-11 17:35:14 UTC
Fixed in 5.28.2