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Bug: tslib.tz_convert(vals, tz1, tz2) may raise an IndexError exception. #4496

stenri opened this issue Aug 7, 2013 · 1 comment


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commented Aug 7, 2013

The following code produces "Out of bounds on buffer access (axis 0)" exception when accessing idx.hour:

import pandas as pd

idx = pd.date_range('26/3/2011', '27/3/2011', freq='1min')
idx = idx.tz_localize('UTC')
idx = idx.tz_convert('Europe/Moscow')

hour = idx.hour

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "", line 7, in
hour = idx.hour
File "C:\Python27\lib\site-packages\pandas\tseries\", line 41, in f
values = self._local_timestamps()
File "C:\Python27\lib\site-packages\pandas\tseries\", line 397, in _local_timestamps
return tslib.tz_convert(self.asi8, utc,
File "tslib.pyx", line 1356, in pandas.tslib.tz_convert (pandas\tslib.c:21388)
IndexError: Out of bounds on buffer access (axis 0)

My research indicated there was a bug in the following piece of code in tslib.tz_convert(vals, tz1, tz2) in Pandas 0.12. There is no check that "(pos + 1) < len(trans)" when referencing trans[pos + 1] inside the for loop:

        offset = deltas[pos]
        for i in range(n):
            v = utc_dates[i]
            if v >= trans[pos + 1]:
                pos += 1
                offset = deltas[pos]
            result[i] = v + offset

As a result in some circumstances this code raises "Out of bounds on buffer access (axis 0)" exception. For example, in Russia last day-light saving transition took place in somewhere in 26/3/2011-27/3/2011, and there were no transitions since then.

If ts_lib.tz_convert() is asked to convert time zones for interval that includes 26/3/2011-27/3/2011, it raises an exception while trying to access trans[pos + 1].

I have a working patch that solves this. Going to contribute it soon.

stenri added a commit to stenri/pandas that referenced this issue Aug 23, 2013
jreback added a commit that referenced this issue Aug 23, 2013
Merge pull request #4497 from stenri/tslib_tz_convert_trans_pos_plus_…

Fix issue #4496: tslib.tz_convert(vals, tz1, tz2) may raise an IndexErro...

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commented Aug 23, 2013

closed by #4497

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