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Status: Fixed in Unity 5.4.4



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[5.3+][Graphics] Destroying a shader might cause stale pointers in SharedMaterialData, leading to a crash




Priority: 2Necessary for shipping a final release


Severity: 1Crash or major loss of functionality

Looks like if there's a Material with some shader on it, then destroying the shader (either explicitly, or via asset bundle unload) might lead to stale pointers in some material data, which causes a crash later on. Seems to happen starting with 5.3 (in some cases), and happens in more cases in 5.4+.

--- New repro steps:
1. Open project
2. Open scene it in, press play.
3. Crashes!
Reproduced in: 5.3.6, 5.4.2, 5.6 alpha
Does not reproduce in: 5.2.1.

--- Previous repro steps from original bug report:
Repro steps:
1. Open "" project
2. Load "Homework" scene
3. In the menu toolbar find wtf > LoadAssetBundle and click on it
Note: Cube should be loaded, check "StreamingAssets folder" for files called "cube"
Stack trace:
0x0000000140120B36 (Unity) RenderLoopContext::`scalar deleting destructor'
0x0000000140121223 (Unity) DoRenderLoop

Expected: A cube should be created and Editor should not crash
Actual: A cube is not created, Editor crashes

Reproduced on: 5.4.2f2, 5.5.0b11, 5.6.0a3
Not reproducible on: 5.3.6p8
Could not test on 5.2 due to errors

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