FIX: AV on DECLARE CURSOR with Correlated Subquery and KEYSET or DYNAMIC Cursor Type

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BUG #: 55675 (sqlbug_70)
SQL Server may encounter an access violation (AV) with a DECLARE CURSOR statement if the following conditions are true:
  • A SELECT statement has a correlated subquery.
  • The correlation is through an OR clause or IN clause.
  • The cursor type must be KEYSET or DYNAMIC.
  • There is a nonclustered primary key on both correlated tables.
  • The subquery table must not have an additional clustered index.
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
301511 INF: How to Obtain the Latest SQL Server 7.0 Service Pack
NOTE: The following hotfix was created prior to Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Service Pack 4.

The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
   Date         Time    Version      Size     File name   -------------------------------------------------------   27-SEP-2001  2:08    7.00.1010    4937KB   Sqlservr.exe				
NOTE: Because of file dependencies, the most recent hotfix or feature that contains the preceding files may also contain additional files.

You can work around this problem in the following ways:
  • Add a clustered index to the correlated subquery table.
  • Change cursor type to STATIC, FAST_FORWARD, or INSENSITIVE.
  • Rewrite the SELECT to avoid the correlated subquery.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Service Pack 4.
The following script illustrates the behavior:
---Create the tablesCREATE TABLE [dbo].[t1] ( [id] [int] NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY NONCLUSTERED, [c1] [int] NOT NULL , [c2] [int] NOT NULL , [c3] [int] NOT NULL ) GOCREATE TABLE [dbo].[t2] ([id] [int] NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY NONCLUSTERED)GO---Execute the following to cause the AVdeclare t cursor for	 select (select sum(c3) from t1 where in (c1,c2))           from t2go				
The short stack dump generated in the errorlog will contain the following functions:

Article ID: 308881 - Last Review: 02/27/2014 21:10:21 - Revision: 4.1

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