Storage violation

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In computing a storage violation is a hardware fault that occurs when a task attempts to access an area of computer storage which it is not permitted to access.

Types of storage violation[edit]

Storage violation can, for instance, consist of reading from, writing to, or freeing storage not owned by the task. A common type of storage violation is known as a stack buffer overflow where a program attempts to exceed the limits set for its call stack.

Avoidance of storage violations[edit]

Storage violations can occur in transaction systems such as CICS in circumstances where it is possible to write to storage not owned by the transaction; such violations can be reduced by enabling features such as storage protection and transaction isolation.

Detection of storage violations[edit]

In systems such as CICS, storage violations are sometimes detected (by the CICS kernel) by the use of "signatures", which can be tested to see if they have been overlaid.

Some programming languages use software bounds checking to prevent these occurrences.

Some program debugging software will also detect violations during testing.

Common Causes for storage violations[edit]

  • A runaway subscript leading to illegal use of reference modification during run time.
  • Linkage layout mismatch between called and the calling elements.

Examples of software detecting storage violations[edit]

See also[edit]


IBM. "CICS Transaction Server for z/OS, Version 3 Release 2 Information Center". IBM. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 

CICS problem determination Guide