FIX: An access violation may occur when you try to read a .pdb file by using the Debug Interface Access SDK that is included with Visual Studio .NET 2003

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Consider the following scenario. Debug information is stored in program debug database (.pdb) files. You try to read a .pdb file by using the Microsoft Debug Interface Access Software Development Kit (DIA SDK) that is included with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003. In this scenario, an access violation may occur. You experience this problem when the .pdb file contains a Fortran array data structure. Typically, the access violation occurs when you try to access the bounds of the array.

Note The DIA SDK helps you access debug information that is stored in .pdb files. These files are generated by Microsoft post-compiler tools.
A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Only apply it 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 Visual Studio .NET 2003 service pack that contains this hotfix.

To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site: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.


You must have Visual Studio .NET 2003 installed to apply this hotfix.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English 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 tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version      Size     File name   -----------------------------------------------------   18-Jun-2005  02:58  7.10.5009.0  589,824  Msdia71.dll      
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
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Article ID: 900925 - Last Review: 01/17/2015 11:01:24 - Revision: 2.0

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