occasional crashes: glibc detected double free or corruption

Bug #674645 reported by Dave Walker on 2010-11-12
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
dnsmasq (Debian)
Fix Released
dnsmasq (Ubuntu)
Dave Walker

Bug Description

Binary package hint: dnsmasq

*** glibc detected *** /usr/sbin/dnsmasq: double free or corruption (top): 0x08ab60b8 ***

(As initially reported: http://lists.thekelleys.org.uk/pipermail/dnsmasq-discuss/2010q3/004369.html)

IMPACT: Under heavy work load, dnsmasq occasionally crashes.
RESOLUTION: Patch on upstream, as linked in report
REPRODUCE: Put dnsmasq under heavy work load, with frequent requests - and watch for crash.
REGRESSION POTENTIAL: Low, patch in both upstream trunk, Natty and Debian already.

Dave Walker (davewalker) on 2010-11-12
Changed in dnsmasq (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
assignee: nobody → Dave Walker (davewalker)
importance: Undecided → Medium
Dave Walker (davewalker) wrote :

This is fixed on Natty, with a trivial patch.

Requires backporting to Lucid and Maverick.

dann frazier (dannf) wrote :

On 12/11/10 19:09, Dave Walker wrote:
> Public bug reported:
> Binary package hint: dnsmasq
> *** glibc detected *** /usr/sbin/dnsmasq: double free or corruption
> (top): 0x08ab60b8 ***
> (As initially reported: http://lists.thekelleys.org.uk/pipermail
> /dnsmasq-discuss/2010q3/004369.html)

This was fixed in Debian with 2.55-2. That will be added to Ubuntu
automatically, yes?


Dave Walker (davewalker) on 2010-11-12
description: updated
tags: added: patch
Dave Walker (davewalker) wrote :

@Simon, yes - It is fixed in the latest development version via the fix from Debian. However, the fix will not automatically happen in both Maverick and Lucid.

Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

> This is fixed on Natty, with a trivial patch.

.. so please close the bug.


Changed in dnsmasq (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Changed in dnsmasq (Ubuntu Lucid):
status: New → Fix Committed
tags: added: verification-needed

Accepted dnsmasq into lucid-proposed, the package will build now and be available in a few hours. Please test and give feedback here. See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/EnableProposed for documentation how to enable and use -proposed. Thank you in advance!

Imre Gergely (cemc) wrote :

I've managed to reproduce the crash 3 consecutive times, like this:

- installed dnsmasq on the host (ubuntu 10.04 64bit), and started it like this:

/usr/sbin/dnsmasq -d -x /var/run/dnsmasq/dnsmasq.pid -udnsmasq -7 /etc/dnsmasq.d,.dpkg-dist,.dpkg-old,.dpkg-new --dhcp-option=3, --dhcp-script=/tmp/myscript.sh

- myscript.sh contains the following:


sleep 10
echo $@
exit 0

- ran 4 ubuntu guests in KVM
- logged in on every guest, and ran the following command from console:

while [ true ]; do dhclient3 eth0 ; done (this basically renews the lease on the guests all the time, generating some load for dnsmasq)

After ~10 minutes dnsmasq crashed with "*** glibc detected *** /usr/sbin/dnsmasq: double free or corruption (fasttop): 0x00000000006a1040 ***" (this happened 3 times out of 3 runs).

After installing the package from -proposed, I tried once more, same setup but it did not crash. It's been running like this for >30 minutes.

I'll let it run for a couple of hours to see if anything happens.

Imre Gergely (cemc) wrote :

It ran for over 8 hours and it did not crash. I consider this a successful test.

tags: added: verification-done
removed: verification-needed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package dnsmasq - 2.52-1ubuntu0.1

dnsmasq (2.52-1ubuntu0.1) lucid-proposed; urgency=low

  * src/rfc2131.c: Fix crash on double free. Patch courtesy of
    upstream. (LP: #674645)
 -- Dave Walker (Daviey) <email address hidden> Fri, 12 Nov 2010 13:18:56 -0600

Changed in dnsmasq (Ubuntu Lucid):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Changed in dnsmasq (Debian):
status: Unknown → Fix Released
Rolf Leggewie (r0lf) wrote :

Maverick has long since stopped to receive any updates. Marking the Maverick task for this ticket as "Won't Fix".

Changed in dnsmasq (Ubuntu Maverick):
status: New → Won't Fix
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