polkit-kde-manager assert failure: *** glibc detected *** polkit-kde-manager: double free or corruption (fasttop): 0x089cb310 ***

Bug #436748 reported by Wan Zulkarnain on 2009-09-25
This bug affects 53 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
KDE Base
kdebase-workspace (Ubuntu)
Jonathan Thomas
Jonathan Thomas

Bug Description

Binary package hint: kdebase-workspace

this problem occurs when i try to update update-manager-core .... please fix this..

ProblemType: Crash
Architecture: i386
AssertionMessage: *** glibc detected *** polkit-kde-manager: double free or corruption (fasttop): 0x089cb310 ***
Date: Sat Sep 26 01:05:31 2009
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
ExecutablePath: /usr/lib/kde4/libexec/polkit-kde-manager
NonfreeKernelModules: wl
Package: kdebase-workspace-bin 4:4.3.1-0ubuntu8
ProcCmdline: /usr/lib/kde4/libexec/polkit-kde-manager
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-10.35-generic
Signal: 6
SourcePackage: kdebase-workspace
 __kernel_vsyscall ()
 raise () from /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libc.so.6
 abort () from /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libc.so.6
 ?? () from /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libc.so.6
 ?? () from /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libc.so.6
Title: polkit-kde-manager assert failure: *** glibc detected *** polkit-kde-manager: double free or corruption (fasttop): 0x089cb310 ***
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-10-generic i686
UserGroups: adm admin cdrom clamav dialout floppy games lpadmin plugdev sambashare www-data

StacktraceTop:__kernel_vsyscall ()
*__GI_raise (sig=6)
*__GI_abort () at abort.c:92
__libc_message (do_abort=2,
malloc_printerr (action=<value optimized out>,

Changed in kdebase-workspace (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
tags: removed: need-i386-retrace
security vulnerability: yes → no
visibility: private → public
Changed in kdebase-workspace (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

I ran into this bug when iso testing images slated to be the beta version and trying to install updates.

Changed in kdebase-workspace (Ubuntu):
importance: Medium → High

For me it just crashed while...well I wasn't really doing anything at the time.

Jonathan Thomas (echidnaman) wrote :

This crash is reproducible when policykit is not installed. This dependency must have been lost when the KDE policykit client moved from policykit-kde to kdebase-workspace-bin. As a result nothing in Kubuntu depends on it, and it is not brought into the Live CD by default. I have committed a fix to bzr which adds policykit as a binary dependency of kdebase-workspace-bin.

Changed in kdebase-workspace (Ubuntu Karmic):
assignee: nobody → Jonathan Thomas (echidnaman)
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
Rocco (rocco) wrote :

Confirmed that is works OK when policykit installed manually.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package kdebase-workspace - 4:4.3.2-0ubuntu1

kdebase-workspace (4:4.3.2-0ubuntu1) karmic; urgency=low

  [ Alessandro Ghersi ]
  * New upstream release
    - Update kubuntu_80_fix_includes.diff
    - Bump version of KDE build-deps to 4.3.2
    - Update kdebase-workspace-data.install

  [ Richard Johnson ]
  * updating kdm upstart script - removing a lot of cruft

  [ Scott Kitterman ]
  * Drop debian/patches/powerdevil-suspend-dialogue/
    0001-Turn-low-battery-notifications-into-a-countdown-dialo.diff to return
    to the upstream behavior of using a notification for low power shutdown
    warnings (LP: #438445)
    - Keep 0002-Increase-WaitBeforeSuspendingTime-from-10-to-30-secon.diff so
      people have more time to react (change already upstream for KDE 4.4)
    - This is also not ideal, but work is planned to make this better for the
      next development cycle

  [ Jonathan Thomas ]
  * Make kdebase-workspace-bin depend on policykit. Otherwise anything that wants to
    use PolicyKit will crash (LP: #436748)

 -- Alessandro Ghersi <email address hidden> Sat, 03 Oct 2009 00:05:53 +0200

Changed in kdebase-workspace (Ubuntu Karmic):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Zaris (zaris) wrote :

This same crash happens to me everytime when I go System setting->Region and Language.

Jonathan Thomas (echidnaman) wrote :

That's an unrelated crash. Fortunately KDE released a patch for the Region and Language crash which will be appearing in today's updates.

Jonas H (jonash) wrote :

Still appearing with today's alpha on amd64.

tags: added: iso-testing
Changed in kdebase:
status: Unknown → Invalid
Changed in kdebase:
importance: Unknown → High
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