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Replace shared global _empty_stream with separate instances #1340

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@chromakode chromakode commented Aug 3, 2018

The use of a shared _empty_stream instance can cause subtle failures when a test or process closes the shared stream.

For example, if a test initializes a request with a file upload FileStorage with a falsy stream argument, the FileStorage will use the shared _empty_stream: = stream or _empty_stream

When the request is torn down, it will close the shared _empty_stream:


Subsequently, if a test environment is created with no specified input_stream, it will use the closed _empty_stream:

input_stream = _empty_stream

Now calls to request.get_data() and other operations on the stream will fail.

In the case where we discovered this behavior at Patreon, two unrelated tests were causing a failure: one which initialized an FileStorage with _empty_stream, and one which called request.get_data().

I believe that replacing this shared instance with individually created BytesIO buffers would reduce the chances of such spooky shared global bugs without creating much overhead. What do you think?

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@davidism davidism commented Aug 3, 2018

Makes sense. Would you add a changelog entry?

@chromakode chromakode force-pushed the remove-shared-empty-stream branch 2 times, most recently from 6e3e3e4 to 0d23117 Aug 3, 2018
If a test closed the _empty_stream, subsequent requests could reuse this
closed stream, causing request.get_data() and other methods to fail.
@chromakode chromakode force-pushed the remove-shared-empty-stream branch from 0d23117 to baf2051 Aug 3, 2018
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@chromakode chromakode commented Aug 3, 2018

Thanks @davidism. I've amended the commit with a changelog entry and the commit is now passing lint.

@davidism davidism merged commit 8c4e6b5 into pallets:master Aug 4, 2018
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