firefox hangs when this page is loaded (as does netscape 8 beta)




13 years ago
12 years ago


(Reporter: neil craig, Unassigned)


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13 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.7.8) Gecko/20050511 Firefox/1.0.4
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.7.8) Gecko/20050511 Firefox/1.0.4

this section of code hangs firefox:

for(i=0; i<document.all.length; i++)

i can see why as document.all may contain a fair amount of data however other
browsers e.g. opera8 and sadly IE6 cope with it.

netscape 8 beta also hangs, suggesting the issue has existed for some time.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. load or any other page

for(i=0; i<document.all.length; i++)
Actual Results:  
firefox hangs and does not seem to recover.

Expected Results:  
rendered the page or warned that the script was using too many resources.

i have several extensions installed however i do not believe these have any
effect since the issue is exactly the same in netscape 8 beta which is based on
firefox 0.9.6 and has no extensions or themes installed as i use it only for

my build config is:


Build platform

Build tools
Compiler 	Version 	Compiler flags
$(CYGWIN_WRAPPER) cl 	12.00.8804 	-TC -nologo -W3 -nologo -Gy -Fd$(PDBFILE)
$(CYGWIN_WRAPPER) cl 	12.00.8804 	-TP -nologo -W3 -nologo -Gy -Fd$(PDBFILE)

Configure arguments
--disable-ldap --disable-mailnews
--enable-crypto --disable-composer --enable-single-profile
--disable-profilesharing --enable-optimize --disable-debug --disable-tests
--enable-static --disable-shared --enable-official-branding

and my machine is a dual athlon, 2GB ram which at the moment is running on
win2000 sp4.
I'm not seeing the problem. You've coded an infinite loop as far as we see it
(using document.all.length as the loop bound, but you're elements to the page in
each loop).  I do eventually get the "unresponsive script" prompt and can cancel
the script.

I see exactly the same thing in IE6 on WinXP SP2. They bring up the unresponsive
script dialog a little quicker, but seem to take longer to actually kill it.

Opera doesn't go into a loop. Would be interesting to experiment and see if the
document.write() isn't changing the DOM of the page, or if perhaps they're
looping over a cached copy of the unaltered original document or something. I
don't think that's the correct behavior though.

I don't see the security issue here. I'm not seeing exactly what you initially
described, but even if I did we don't normally treat browser DOS bugs as
Group: security

Comment 2

13 years ago
I modified the testcase in comment 0 to output document.all.length. Firefox, IE
and Opera both update the length as more elements are written to the page.
Firefox and IE do the slow script warning while Opera pegs one of my cpus but
still remains responsive. Looks like the UI is on its own thread and has
priority over the script. Pressing ESC cancels the script in Opera.

Comment 3

13 years ago
yeah, i see what you're saying about the infinite loop and i understand that.
the issue i have is that despite leaving the script running for over 6 minutes
(and firefox eating 100MB+ of ram plus one of my CPUs), i got no warning or
error messages. firefox also becomes completely unresponsive. i tried opening a
new window (usually i use tabs) and running the page in the new window with the
result that both windows froze.

i also get no output whatsoever from firefox to the document. ie and opera both
show some kind of output, opera not nearly so much as ie and opera (8) simply
issues a short form of document.all:

[object HTMLHtmlElement]
[object HTMLHeadElement]
[object HTMLTitleElement]
[object HTMLMetaElement]
[object HTMLScriptElement]
[object HTMLBodyElement]

whereas ie outputs multiple:


whilst issuing a slow script warning after around 5 seconds.

it seems on my system at least, that firefox is not handling the loop as
gracefully as it might. can i provide any more information/data dumps which
would help? unfortunately i'm still running windows 2k through necessity at the this might not be as easy as it could be.
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