From:             [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Operating system: Windows NT, Windows 2000
PHP version:      4.0.5
PHP Bug Type:     Reproducible crash
Bug description:  PHP crashes while using MSSQL functions


I am using PHP application on Windows NT platform and it is very unstable while using 
MSSQL functions. I have tried all IIS5, IIS4 and Apache for Win32 servers, both 
CGI/ISAPI versions of PHP.
The best situation is on IIS5/Windows 2000, where application is relatively stable. It 
is not possible to use persistent connections anyway (I get "500 Internal server 
error" or "PHP has encountered an Access Violation at 73342FC3" immediately).
There is worse situation on Windows NT, especially on IIS4. There it is not possible 
to use the application, because PHP returns error messages almost everytime and very 
often is crushes server, so I get system error message "0x0000005 Access violation..." 
and it is neccessary to restart the web-server service. There is a bit better 
situation on Apache, but PHP is also very unstable in both CGI/module versions.

As I checked, the most problems appears in mssql_query function.

I have partially "solved" a problem, when I defined own functions, which open a 
database connection every time before calling respective function and closes it 
immediately after executing it. For example:

function unidb_query($query)
   return $result;

This solution was successful, the number of crushes is much lower, but it is not a 
good solution at all, because of performance and lucidity reasons.

Crashes are also more frequent, when I get some error or message from SQL server, e.g. 
constraint conflict, etc.

I think the problem will be something like stack or heap overflow, because problems 
are "cumulating" - when I don't get a crash after the first error message, I will get 
it certainly after the second one. When I do not close a database connection after 
some action (mainly query), it is very probable, I get a crash during next action. 
Even if I do not use persistent connections, I get a crash, when I send a query in a 
new page, when there was not closed connection while parsing some page before. Also, 
when I look in system Task window, memory occupied by Apache or Inetsrv service is 

A bug should be in MSSQL library, because, when I am using ODBC library, PHP is more 
stable (but not absolutely stable), but I cannot use ODBC in my application because of 
some another reasons.

I have tested it on three computers, the problems were very similar, computers are 
working well in other tasks.


Tomas Salamon
Signum CZ s.r.o.
Czech Republic

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