Photo ID race condition

Dmitri dmitri at
Mon May 27 20:19:01 CEST 2002

On Mon, 2002-05-27 at 09:54, Keith Ray wrote:

> There is a (non-security) race condition in the photo ID code under
> Windows.  If the user has a slow loading image viewer (ie. Mozilla), GnuPG could
> delete the temp file before the viewer finishes initializing.  I can think of a
> number of solutions:
> 1. Wait for the viewer to exit before returning to GnuPG.

GnuPG actually won't stop running. But this seems to be the right
solution. See CreateProcess() and OpenProcess() here:

> 2. Insert a delay between exec_read() and exec_finish().  Then again, on a slow
> system with little RAM, how much is enough?

Fudge factor works only in 27% of all cases ;-)

> 3. Delay deleting the temp files until GnuPG exits.


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