Problem with DHCLIENT vs 64-bit time_t

Marcel Moolenaar marcel at
Sun Feb 22 11:16:24 PST 2004

On Sun, Feb 22, 2004 at 11:45:52AM +0100, Dag-Erling Sm?rgrav wrote:
> Only takes a few minutes of eyeballing to figure out that the problem
> is most likely on line 424 of src/contrib/isc-dhcp/common/parse.c:
>         convert_num (cfile, (unsigned char *)timep, val, 10, 32);
> idiotically, the final argument to convert_num() is supposed to be the
> size in bits of the number to store in the location pointed to by the
> second argument.  The simplest fix is to use a temporary int32_t and
> assign it to *timep later, since convert_num() can't deal with 64-bit
> quantities.  See attached (untested) patch.

This code is then obviously also broken on amd64 and ia64 and thus
makes the bug more severe. A work-around seems to be in order until
isc-dhcp gets upgraded. IMO of course,

 Marcel Moolenaar	  USPA: A-39004		 marcel at

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