[Bug 12926] New: embedded "wc" command has overflow issues

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Wed May 20 11:47:38 UTC 2020


            Bug ID: 12926
           Summary: embedded "wc" command has overflow issues
           Product: Busybox
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: PC
                OS: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P5
         Component: Other
          Assignee: unassigned at busybox.net
          Reporter: benjamin.bauer at kps.com
                CC: busybox-cvs at busybox.net
  Target Milestone: ---

We use BusyBox within Alpine Linux 3.10 in a docker container.
Today we found out, that the "wc" utility is counting wrong above a certain
It looks to me like a overflow issue.

Example on Ubuntu Linux (ok):
# 1000 Byte (ok)
cat /dev/zero | pv --stop-at-size -s 1000 | wc -c
>> 1000

# 4 Gib (ok)
cat /dev/zero | pv --stop-at-size -s 4294967296 | wc -c
>> 4294967296

Example on Busybox (overflow at ~4 Gib):

#  4 Gib minus 1 Byte (ok)
cat /dev/zero | pv --stop-at-size -s 4294967295 | wc -c
>> 4294967295

# 4 Gib (overflow)
cat /dev/zero | pv --stop-at-size -s 4294967296 | wc -c
>> 0

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