VC7.1 std::exception assignment operator bug (crash) a known issue?
The assignment operator of the VC7.1 SP1 edition of std::exception appears to
have a major bug. When it is called on an object of a class derived from
std::exception, it might corrupt the virtual table of the object. When it
does, a subsequent virtual function call causes a crash. For example:
class MyException : public std::exception
virtual int VirtualFun()
MyException a, b;
a = b; // Internally calls std::exception::operator=.
return a.NonVirtualFun(); // MSVC 2003 crash!
Is this a known issue? Fortunately I could not reproduce the crash on later
versions of Visual C++. So is it fixed? I couldn't find a bug report on the
Originally I thought that it had to do with the bug reported by Jouni
"Memory leak on std::exception assignment operator", but that one doesn't
mention any crash.
Scientific programmer at LKEB, Leiden University Medical Center
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