NavigationMesh.FindPath accesses protected memory


Using the SharpReality binding and using the FeatureSample Navigation.

The line of code throwing the exception is this one, as shown:

var ptr = urho_navigationmesh_findpath(Handle, start, end, out int count);

All the arguments look fine. The definition of the dll call just before that call at the link above is:

[DllImport(Consts.NativeImport, CallingConvention = CallingConvention.Cdecl)]
internal extern static IntPtr urho_navigationmesh_findpath(IntPtr navMesh, Vector3 start, Vector3 end, out int count);

Upon making that call, the error generated is:

Exception thrown: 'System.AccessViolationException' in Urho.dll
An unhandled exception of type 'System.AccessViolationException' occurred in Urho.dll
Attempted to read or write protected memory. This is often an indication that other memory is corrupt.

Other platforms I’ve run this on work fine. (WPF, winForms). But it fails on any UWP platform.

glue.cpp defines the call as:

DllExport Interop::Vector3 *
urho_navigationmesh_findpath(NavigationMesh * navMesh, const class Urho3D::Vector3 & start, const class Urho3D::Vector3 & end, int *count)
		PODVector<Vector3> dest;
		navMesh->FindPath(dest, start, end);
		if (dest.Size() == 0)
			return NULL;
		*count = dest.Size();
		Interop::Vector3 * results = new Interop::Vector3[dest.Size()];
		for (int i = 0; i < dest.Size(); i++) {
			auto vector = *((Interop::Vector3  *) &(dest[i]));
			results[i] = vector;
		return results;

Immediately preceeding that call, a call to navMesh.FindNearestPoint is made, and it runs flawlessly.

[DllImport (Consts.NativeImport, CallingConvention = CallingConvention.Cdecl)]
internal static extern Vector3 NavigationMesh_FindNearestPoint (IntPtr handle, ref Urho.Vector3 point, ref Urho.Vector3 extents, dtQueryFilter* filter, uint* nearestRef);
		/// <summary>
		/// Find the nearest point on the navigation mesh to a given point. Extents specifies how far out from the specified point to check along each axis.
		/// </summary>
		public Vector3 FindNearestPoint (Urho.Vector3 point, Urho.Vector3 extents, dtQueryFilter* filter = null, uint* nearestRef = null)
			Runtime.ValidateRefCounted (this);
			return NavigationMesh_FindNearestPoint (handle, ref point, ref extents, filter, nearestRef);

binding.cpp, a generated file, defines that call as:

DllExport Interop::Vector3 
NavigationMesh_FindNearestPoint (Urho3D::NavigationMesh *_target, const class Urho3D::Vector3 & point, const class Urho3D::Vector3 & extents, const class dtQueryFilter * filter, dtPolyRef * nearestRef)
	return *((Interop::Vector3  *) &(_target->FindNearestPoint (point, extents, filter, nearestRef)));

More details on the error occurring. At this call:

[navMesh->FindPath(dest, start, end);](

The start and end vectors cannot be read by the debugger, both start and end are read as
<Struct At NULL>

The actual crash is when calculating localEnd, the localStart works, this is code from NavigationMesh.cpp:

 Vector3 localStart = inverse * start;
 Vector3 localEnd = inverse * end;


This is a bug in the SharpReality binding.

To make this work for UWP, requires the start and end be passed in as ref. Here’s the original dll call definition, and my proposed follows:

[DllImport(Consts.NativeImport, CallingConvention = CallingConvention.Cdecl)]
internal extern static IntPtr urho_navigationmesh_findpath(IntPtr navMesh, ref Urho.Vector3 start, ref Urho.Vector3 end, out int count);

Next, the two vectors must be passed as ref. The original is here, my suggested changes is as shown:

var ptr = urho_navigationmesh_findpath(Handle, ref start, ref end, out int count);

Then it works.