Bug #73709 MyODBC crashes in SQLConnect() when the application is linked with -lmysqlclient
Submitted: 25 Aug 2014 10:31 Modified: 16 Sep 2014 13:13
Reporter: Aleksandrs Saveljevs Email Updates:
Status: Verified Impact on me:
Category:Connector / ODBC Severity:S1 (Critical)
Version:5.3.4 OS:Linux (Debian Jessie)
Assigned to: CPU Architecture:Any
Tags: crash, libmyodbc, libmysqlclient

[25 Aug 2014 10:31] Aleksandrs Saveljevs
We have noticed that when our ODBC application is not linked with -lmysqlclient, it works well. However, when our application is linked with -lmysqlclient, it crashes in MyODBC's SQLConnect().

Please see https://support.zabbix.com/browse/ZBX-7665 for the exact problem we are investigating. There was also a related problem with conflicting symbols and dynamic linking, https://support.zabbix.com/browse/ZBX-8629, which might or might not lead you in the right direction.

How to repeat:
Attached "report.c" is a short example to reproduce the problem. The program connects to the database, performs a simple query, and prints out the answer.

In order to reproduce, we first download a precompiled 64-bit version of MyODBC 5.3.4 for Debian from http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/odbc/ and set it up as follows:

$ cat /etc/odbcinst.ini 

We also set up a DSN in unixODBC and verify that it works:

$ cat /etc/odbc.ini
Description = Zabbix 2.2
Driver      = mysql
Server      =
User        = root
Password    =
Port        = 3306
Database    = zabbix_2_2

$ echo 'select count(*) from hosts' | isql -b zabbix_2_2
| count(*)            |
| 87                  |
SQLRowCount returns 1
1 rows fetched

Now, if we compile "report.c" without linking it with -lmysqlclient, it works:

$ gcc -g -rdynamic -lodbc report.c -o report
$ ./report 

However, if we compile "report.c" and link it with -lmysqlclient, it crashes with the following backtrace:

$ gcc -g -rdynamic -lodbc -lmysqlclient report.c -o report
$ ./report 
10: ./report() [0x400bdc]
9: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6(+0x35480) [0x7fc1bf1fb480]
8: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libmysqlclient.so.18(+0x3f6e9) [0x7fc1bf5ae6e9]
7: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libmysqlclient.so.18(+0x3fa49) [0x7fc1bf5aea49]
6: /home/zabbix/software/mysql-connector-odbc-5.3.4-linux-debian6.0-x86-64bit/lib/libmyodbc5a.so(copy_and_convert+0xd7) [0x7fc1bd20bae7]
5: /home/zabbix/software/mysql-connector-odbc-5.3.4-linux-debian6.0-x86-64bit/lib/libmyodbc5a.so(sqlchar_as_sqlwchar+0x13f) [0x7fc1bd20c66d]
4: /home/zabbix/software/mysql-connector-odbc-5.3.4-linux-debian6.0-x86-64bit/lib/libmyodbc5a.so(SQLConnect+0x60) [0x7fc1bd176fea]
3: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libodbc.so.2(SQLConnect+0x1f0) [0x7fc1bfab7890]
2: ./report(main+0xb5) [0x400d0f]
1: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6(__libc_start_main+0xf5) [0x7fc1bf1e7b45]
0: ./report() [0x400af9]

On our system, the issue manifests with unixODBC 2.3.1, MyODBC 5.3.4 (both the precompiled version downloaded from the website and compiled manually), and libmysqlclient 5.5.37. If, however, we use MyODBC 5.1.10, which is currently available in Debian packages, it works well.
[25 Aug 2014 10:32] Aleksandrs Saveljevs
Example program to reproduce the problem.

Attachment: report.c (text/x-csrc), 1.37 KiB.

[25 Aug 2014 10:41] Aleksandrs Saveljevs
There is also another related issue. Suppose we replace the ANSI version of MyODBC driver with the Unicode one:

$ cat /etc/odbcinst.ini 

Compiling and linking our program without -lmysqlclient works well:

$ gcc -g -rdynamic -lodbc report.c -o report
$ ./report 

However, if we link our program with -lmysqlclient, it goes into an infinite loop and uses 100% CPU, but this time in SQLExecDirect() function. Backtrace in the debugger follows:

$ ./report &
[1] 26973

$ gdb -p 26973
(gdb) bt
#0  is_param_marker (parser=0x7ffff04e17b0) at /export/home/pb2/build/sb_0-12449490-1403132068.74/mysql-connector-odbc-5.3.4-src/driver/parse.c:623
#1  0x00007ff31e6db87d in tokenize (parser=0x7ffff04e17b0) at /export/home/pb2/build/sb_0-12449490-1403132068.74/mysql-connector-odbc-5.3.4-src/driver/parse.c:745
#2  0x00007ff31e6db8d9 in parse (pq=<optimized out>) at /export/home/pb2/build/sb_0-12449490-1403132068.74/mysql-connector-odbc-5.3.4-src/driver/parse.c:843
#3  0x00007ff31e6e1c83 in prepare (stmt=0x1cf7760, query=0x1cf14d0 "select count(*) from hosts", query_length=<optimized out>)
    at /export/home/pb2/build/sb_0-12449490-1403132068.74/mysql-connector-odbc-5.3.4-src/driver/my_stmt.c:376
#4  0x00007ff31e6dc607 in my_SQLPrepare (hstmt=<optimized out>, szSqlStr=0x1cf14d0 "select count(*) from hosts", cbSqlStr=26, dupe=1 '\001')
    at /export/home/pb2/build/sb_0-12449490-1403132068.74/mysql-connector-odbc-5.3.4-src/driver/prepare.c:103
#5  0x00007ff31e6dc677 in MySQLPrepare (hstmt=0x1cf7760, query=0x1cf14d0 "select count(*) from hosts", len=26, dupe=0 '\000')
    at /export/home/pb2/build/sb_0-12449490-1403132068.74/mysql-connector-odbc-5.3.4-src/driver/prepare.c:74
#6  0x00007ff31e6e7da8 in SQLPrepareWImpl (hstmt=0x1cf7760, str=<optimized out>, str_len=26) at /export/home/pb2/build/sb_0-12449490-1403132068.74/mysql-connector-odbc-5.3.4-src/driver/unicode.c:859
#7  0x00007ff31e6e894a in SQLExecDirectW (hstmt=0x7ffff04e17b0, str=0x0, str_len=-263317584) at /export/home/pb2/build/sb_0-12449490-1403132068.74/mysql-connector-odbc-5.3.4-src/driver/unicode.c:354
#8  0x00007ff32102fd6f in SQLExecDirect () from /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libodbc.so.2
#9  0x0000000000400d3c in main () at report.c:53
[16 Sep 2014 13:13] Hemant Dangi
Looks like `rdynamic` is creating error here, removing it resolves issue. Still working on it.
[19 Sep 2014 8:14] Hemant Dangi
Add -fvisibility=hidden while compiling will resolve clashing issue for GCC 4.0 or newer.
[9 Jan 2015 9:19] Nata d
I still have the same problem, so what is the solution for this issue.
Please explain in details
[13 Jul 2017 15:05] Vladislavs Sokurenko

I see that issue is in verified status, could you please be so kind and give an update, does it mean that it's going to be fixed eventually ?
[2 Aug 2018 22:47] Kevin Doren
This bug is 4 years old but it is still around.  We use zabbix 3.4.12 on CentOS 7.5.1804 (unixODBC 2.3.1-11) with ODBC database queries, and most versions of mysql-connector-odbc still cause zabbix to crash.  We have seen this problem for years under earlier versions, when changing OS or zabbix major versions it has always been painful to find an odbc connector that works.


[25 May 2021 10:26] Bogdan Degtyariov
Posted by developer:
Please note that the scenario with both ODBC and C API connection from the same process is not supported.
Mostly because of possible conflicts between libmyqlclient used by the program and libmysqlclient used by ODBC Driver.
There are a few workarounds, but if you use them it will be at your own risk.

 * Build ODBC driver that links libmysqlclient.so dynamically, so it would be the same library, which your program is loading


 * Use ODBC 8.0.24 or newer and libmysqlclient 8.0.24 or newer trying to keep the versions of libmysqlclient and ODBC driver in sync. (I tested with versions 8.0.24 and 8.0.25)

These workarounds are not officially supported and therefore no guarantees can be giving about them. Also, currently there are no plans to 

If I may ask, why do you need C API and ODBC together in the same program?
[25 May 2021 12:11] Vladislavs Sokurenko
Thank you for your reply, we are aware of workarounds and recommend using it like this or using different database than used for UnixODBC, but this creates a breading ground for errors because users can compile program with any library and use any UnixODBC library.

There is a program that connects to database during startup using C API, then disconnects and forks processes. There is one process that read configuration from database into shared memory using C API, but there are processes that read shared memory and depending on configuration perform different user configurable checks and among those UnixODBC checks are possible. This is why both C API and UnixODBC are used at once in a program.
Note that recently C API usage was removed from processes that use UnixODBC, however it was not tested if it helps with the issue.