Application Crashes on Thread Exit - C++

My application is crashing when it exits the thread function. This is how my thread is initialized:

void * pvThreadData = reinterpret_cast<void *>(_pobjSerialPort);

// Create the exit notify window thread event handle.
_hNotifyWindowThreadExitEvent = ::CreateEvent(
    NULL,                           // No security
    TRUE,                           // Create a manual-reset event object
    FALSE,                          // Initial state is non-signaled
    NULL                            // No name specified

if ( _hNotifyWindowThreadExitEvent == NULL )
    TRACE(_T("CreateNotifyWindow : Failed to get a handle for the exit message-only window event.\r\n\tError: %d\r\n\tFile: %s\r\n\tLine: %d\r\n"), ::GetLastError(), __WFILE__, __LINE__);
    return ::GetLastError();

// Create the notify window thread to begin execution on its own.
_hNotifyWindowThread = ::CreateThread(
    NULL,                           // No security attributes.
    0,                              // Use default initial stack size.
    pThreadStart,                   // Function to execute in new thread.
    pvThreadData,                   // Thread parameters.
    0,                              // Use default creation settings.
    NULL                            // Thread ID is not needed.

if ( _hNotifyWindowThread == NULL )
    TRACE(_T("CreateNotifyWindow : Failed to create handle for message-only window thread.\r\n\tError: %d\r\n\tFile: %s\r\n\tLine: %d\r\n"), ::GetLastError(), __WFILE__, __LINE__);
    return ::GetLastError();

This is the portion of my thread function that gets executed:

DWORD NotifyWindowThreadFn( void * pParam )
    static CNotifyWindow * pobjNotifyWindow = NULL;
    CSerialPort * pobjSerialPort = reinterpret_cast<CSerialPort *>(pParam);

    // Create notify window to handle surprize removal/insertion events...
        pobjNotifyWindow = new CNotifyWindow();
    catch ( DWORD error )
        return error;                // 1. PC gets here
    catch ( long error )
        return error;
    catch ( ... )
        return ERROR_CANNOT_MAKE;

    /* Other stuff that is not executed due to return. */

}                                     // 2. PC then gets here

When the application crashes, Visual Studio gives me this error message:

Windows has triggered a breakpoint in CppTestConsole.exe.

This may be due to a corruption of the heap, which indicates a bug in CppTestConsole.exe or any of the DLLs it has loaded.

This may also be due to the user pressing F12 while CppTestConsole.exe has focus.

The output window may have more diagnostic information.

The output window doesn't have anything especially useful. Only...

The thread 'NotifyWindowThreadFn' (0x414) has exited with code 0 (0x0).

Then it shows that a bunch of DLLs are unloaded. When I click the Break button, the PC is at the end of _CrtIsValidHeapPointer in dbgheap.c. Does anyone have any ideas as to why my application is crashing when the thread exits? Should I not be returning directly from within a threaded function? Thanks.


I might be wrong, but it seems like you're trying to create a window from a worker thread. Don't do this. Windows need the message pump in order to function, and there's only one message pump in your application -- it's in the main thread.

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