manual "apt-get update" leads to infite apt-get calls and disk filling (-> DoS)

Bug #999151 reported by Johann Felix Soden on 2012-05-14
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Dustin Kirkland 
byobu (Debian)
Fix Released

Bug Description

On Debian Sid with byobu 5.16-1 running as root, any call to "apt-get update" (or comparable actions by e.g. unattended-upgrades), leads to a steady increasing count of running "apt-get -s -o Debug::NoLocking=true upgrade" and "grep -c ^Inst" instances.

Additionally, the disk is filling up because of temporary /var/cache/apt/pkgcache.bin.*
and /var/cache/apt/srcpkgcache.bin.* files.

Changed in byobu:
status: New → In Progress
importance: Undecided → High
assignee: nobody → Dustin Kirkland (kirkland)
Changed in byobu:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Changed in byobu:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Alex Peters (alex-peters) wrote :

(For anyone else reading this bug report because they're having trouble with this on Debian Squeeze, version 5.20 is reported to fix the issue.)

affects: debian → byobu (Debian)
Fabián Rodríguez (magicfab) wrote :

I just hit the same in wheezy. Can the fix be merged upstream?

Changed in byobu (Debian):
status: Unknown → New
Changed in byobu (Debian):
status: New → Fix Released
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