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Java 7 Ships With Severe Bug 180

Lisandro writes "Lucid Imagination just posted an announcement about a severe bug in the recently released Java 7. Apparently some loops are mis-compiled due to errors in the HotSpot compiler optimizations, which causes programs to fail. This bug affects several Apache projects directly — Apache Lucene Core and Apache Solr have already raised a warning, noting that the bug might be present in Java 6 as well."
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Java 7 Ships With Severe Bug

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  • by dgatwood ( 11270 ) on Friday July 29, 2011 @02:09PM (#36924576) Homepage Journal

    And if it's such an obvious bug, one would think it would have turned up in the last 29 version 6 releases?

    No, honestly. This wasn't caught before because nobody used those flags. Oracle decided that these flags should be turned on by default. Therefore, the onus was on Oracle to thoroughly and broadly test these flags before promoting them to be used by default.

    I guarantee you'll find some hairy bugs if you enable lots of random, rarely enabled flags in just about any compiler. The difference between a good compiler and a bad compiler is that a good compiler tests flags thoroughly before either enabling any the flags by default or rolling them into a commonly used option. In effect, what Oracle did was to take an obscure, poorly tested code path and promote it into the hot path through their code. This is something that any first-year CS student should know is risky.

    The best part of this is that (assuming other Slashdot comments are correct) this occurs in commonly used third-party libraries, and was disclosed to Oracle several days before the release shipped. Where I work, that's what is known as a P1 block-ship bug, and people will be called in to work on it day and night until the problem is resolved, and if necessary, features will get temporarily pulled (e.g. turning that optimization back off by default).

    For shame, Oracle.

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