Application might crash and encounter a System.NullReferenceException exception in the .NET Framework 4 if the CorrelationManager.LogicalOperationStack property is used

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SYMPTOMS

Consider the following scenario:
  • You create a Microsoft .NET Framework 4-based application that uses the System.Diagnostics.CorrelationManager.LogicalOperationStack property.
  • You run the application to trace events while multiple threads run.
  • The application calls the CorrelationManager.LogicalOperationStack.Peek method.

In this scenario, the application might crash and encounter a System.NullReferenceException exception. Additionally, you receive the following error message:
Object reference not set to an instance of an object.


CAUSE

This issue occurs because of an error in the common language runtime (CLR).

When the System.Runtime.Remoting.MessagingLogicalCallContext class in the CLR uses a CorrelationManager object, the CLR does not make a deep copy of the object. However, the reference to the CorrelationManager object might be used in another thread. Therefore, a System.NullReferenceException exception might be generated when multiple threads access a CorrelationManager object.

RESOLUTION

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft. However, it is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next service pack that contains this hotfix.

To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Customer Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must have the .NET Framework 4 installed.

Restart requirement

You may have to restart the computer after you install this hotfix if the affected files are being used. 

We recommend that you close all .NET Framework applications before you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File Information

The global version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.

For all supported x86-based versions of Windows XP, of Windows Server 2003, of Windows Vista, of Windows Server 2008, and of Windows 7
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Clr.dll4.0.30319.4856,735,17624-Jun- 201105:39x86
Mscordacwks.dll4.0.30319.4851,142,61624-Jun-201105:39x86
Mscordbi.dll4.0.30319.485955,72824-Jun- 201105:39x86
Mscorlib.dll4.0.30319.4855,198,67224-Jun-201105:39x86
Nlssorting.dll4.0.30319.48556,14424-Jun- 201105:39x86
Sos.dll4.0.30319.485516,93624-Jun-201105:39x86
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows XP, of Windows Server 2003, of Windows Vista, of Windows Server 2008, of Windows 7, and of Windows Server 2008 R2
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Clr.dll4.0.30319.4856,735,17624-Jun- 201105:39x86
Clr.dll4.0.30319.4859,801,03224-Jun-201106:42x64
Mscordacwks.dll4.0.30319.4851,142,61624-Jun- 201105:39x86
Mscordacwks.dll4.0.30319.4851,514,84024-Jun-201106:42x64
Mscordbi.dll4.0.30319.485955,72824-Jun- 201105:39x86
Mscordbi.dll4.0.30319.4851,454,41624-Jun-201106:42x64
Mscorlib.dll4.0.30319.4855,198,67224-Jun- 201105:39x86
Mscorlib.dll4.0.30319.4854,968,27224-Jun-201106:42x64
Nlssorting.dll4.0.30319.48556,14424-Jun- 201105:39x86
Nlssorting.dll4.0.30319.48567,40824-Jun-201106:42x64
Sos.dll4.0.30319.485516,93624-Jun- 201105:39x86
Sos.dll4.0.30319.485597,83224-Jun-201106:42x64
For all supported IA-64based versions of Windows Server 2003, of Windows Server 2008, and of Windows Server 2008 R2
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Clr.dll4.0.30319.4856,735,17624-Jun- 201105:39x86
Clr.dll4.0.30319.48519,388,74424-Jun-201107:40IA-64
Mscordacwks.dll4.0.30319.4851,142,61624-Jun- 201105:39x86
Mscordacwks.dll4.0.30319.4853,758,42424-Jun-201107:40IA-64
Mscordbi.dll4.0.30319.485955,72824-Jun- 201105:39x86
Mscordbi.dll4.0.30319.4853,295,56824-Jun-201107:40IA-64
Mscorlib.dll4.0.30319.4855,198,67224-Jun- 201105:39x86
Mscorlib.dll4.0.30319.4854,466,51224-Jun-201107:40IA-64
Nlssorting.dll4.0.30319.48556,14424-Jun- 201105:39x86
Nlssorting.dll4.0.30319.485143,18424-Jun-201107:40IA-64
Sos.dll4.0.30319.485516,93624-Jun- 201105:39x86
Sos.dll4.0.30319.4851,203,01624-Jun-201107:40IA-64

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about the CorrelationManager.LogicalOperationStack property, visit the following MSDN website:
General information about the CorrelationManager.LogicalOperationStack property

Properties

Article ID: 2563373 - Last Review: July 28, 2011 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4
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