A customer observed that the parameters passed to
CreateProcess were not being interpreted
char commandLine = "reg.exe query " "HKLM\\SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\" "Enum\\HID\VID_0461^&PID_4D15"; CreateProcess(NULL, commandLine, ...);
The process is created successfully,
but it prints the message
The system was unable to find the specified registry key or value..
Why aren’t the parameters being parsed correctly
They work fine if I paste them into a command prompt.
This is a variation of the problem we saw a few years ago.
Back then, we had a string with command line redirection metacharacters,
but since we were passing them directly to
the command interpreter never got a chance to interpret them.
Here, we have a string that contains an ampersand,
which has special meaning to the command interpreter,
so that the command interpreter won’t try to treat it as command
But then we passed it directly to the
without ever invoking the command processor.
It’s like exchanging your U.S. dollars for Canadian dollars because you think you’re going to drive through Canada, and then deciding to take the southern route instead, and then wondering why the Canadian money doesn’t work. You went to the extra effort of converting the string into a form that will survive a journey you never sent it on!
If you’re going to munge the string so that you get the desired end result after it travels through the command interpreter, then you need to send it through the command interpreter. Or more preferably, cut out the middle man and don’t bother munging it in the first place.
If you’re going to prepare a string for a journey, you need to send it on that journey.