aptitude crashes when trying to free an invalid pointer

Bug #473711 reported by Timothy R. Chavez on 2009-11-04

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aptitude (Ubuntu)
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: aptitude

Version Information:
Description: Ubuntu 9.10
Release: 9.10

Package Information:
python-psycopg2 aptitude
libpq5:
  Installed: 8.4.1-1
  Candidate: 8.4.1-1
  Version table:
 *** 8.4.1-1 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com karmic/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
postgresql:
  Installed: 8.4.1-1
  Candidate: 8.4.1-1
  Version table:
 *** 8.4.1-1 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com karmic/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
postgresql-8.4:
  Installed: 8.4.1-1
  Candidate: 8.4.1-1
  Version table:
 *** 8.4.1-1 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com karmic/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
postgresql-client-8.4:
  Installed: 8.4.1-1
  Candidate: 8.4.1-1
  Version table:
 *** 8.4.1-1 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com karmic/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
postgresql-client-common:
  Installed: 101
  Candidate: 101
  Version table:
 *** 101 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com karmic/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
postgresql-common:
  Installed: 101
  Candidate: 101
  Version table:
 *** 101 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com karmic/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
python-egenix-mxdatetime:
  Installed: 3.1.2-1ubuntu1
  Candidate: 3.1.2-1ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 3.1.2-1ubuntu1 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com karmic/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
python-egenix-mxtools:
  Installed: 3.1.2-1ubuntu1
  Candidate: 3.1.2-1ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 3.1.2-1ubuntu1 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com karmic/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
python-psycopg2:
  Installed: 2.0.8-0ubuntu2
  Candidate: 2.0.8-0ubuntu2
  Version table:
 *** 2.0.8-0ubuntu2 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com karmic/universe Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
aptitude:
  Installed: 0.4.11.11-1ubuntu6
  Candidate: 0.4.11.11-1ubuntu6
  Version table:
 *** 0.4.11.11-1ubuntu6 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com karmic/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

I am running an Ubuntu Karmic 9.10 VM instance on Rackspace Cloud. I attempted to install postgresql and psycopg2 and got a stack trace towards the end of the process (after "Writing extended state information... Done"). I tried to remove the packages (e.g. aptitude remove) and then re-install them (e.g. aptitude install) several times to reproduce the problem, but had no luck.

I've attached the console output and the output of valgrind run with --leak-check=full

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: amd64
Date: Wed Nov 4 02:58:39 2009
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
Package: aptitude 0.4.11.11-1ubuntu6
ProcEnviron: SHELL=/bin/bash
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-302.7-rs
SourcePackage: aptitude
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-302-rs x86_64

Timothy R. Chavez (timrchavez) wrote :
Timothy R. Chavez (timrchavez) wrote :
Paul White (paulw2u) wrote :

To anyone affected by this issue,

We are sorry that we do not always have the capacity to review all reported bugs in a timely manner. You reported this bug some time ago and there have been many changes in Ubuntu since that time.

Ubuntu 9.10 (karmic) reached end-of-life on April 30, 2011.

Do you still see a problem related to the one that you reported in a currently supported version of Ubuntu?

See this document for currently supported Ubuntu releases:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases

Please let us know if you do otherwise this bug report can be left to expire in approximately 60 days time.

Thank you for helping make Ubuntu better.

Paul White
[Ubuntu Bug Squad]

Changed in aptitude (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
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