MATE power statistics crashed

Bug #1428337 reported by Martin Wimpress on 2015-03-04
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Fix Released
mate-power-manager (Ubuntu)
upower (Debian)
Fix Released
upower (Ubuntu)
Martin Pitt

Bug Description

MATE Power Statistics will crash. Just click between a few tabs and power sources and it will soon die :(

ProblemType: Crash
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 15.04
Package: mate-power-manager 1.8.1+dfsg1-3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.19.0-7.7-generic 3.19.0
Uname: Linux 3.19.0-7-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.16.2-0ubuntu1
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: MATE
Date: Wed Mar 4 21:26:28 2015
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/mate-power-statistics
InstallationDate: Installed on 2015-03-04 (0 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-MATE 15.04 "Vivid Vervet" - Alpha amd64 (20150304)
ProcCmdline: /usr/bin/mate-power-statistics --device /org/freedesktop/UPower/devices/battery_BAT0
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SegvAnalysis: Skipped: missing required field "Disassembly"
Signal: 11
SourcePackage: mate-power-manager
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
UserGroups: adm cdrom dip lpadmin plugdev sambashare sudo

Martin Wimpress (flexiondotorg) wrote :
information type: Private → Public

 g_variant_unref (value=0x3) at /build/buildd/glib2.0-2.43.90/./glib/gvariant-core.c:625
 up_device_get_statistics_sync (device=0x7f7734017770, type=0x40e146 "discharging", cancellable=0x7f7743fa12f9 <up_device_get_statistics_sync+313>, cancellable@entry=0x0, error=0x0) at up-device.c:560
 gpm_stats_update_info_page_stats (device=0x7f7734017770) at gpm-statistics.c:708
 gpm_stats_update_info_data_page (device=device@entry=0x7f7734017770, page=<optimized out>) at gpm-statistics.c:759
 gpm_stats_update_info_data (device=device@entry=0x7f7734017770) at gpm-statistics.c:806

Changed in mate-power-manager (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
tags: removed: need-amd64-retrace
Martin Wimpress (flexiondotorg) wrote :

The following snippet is the patch confirmed by Fedora as fixing this issue.


Changed in ubuntu-mate:
status: New → Triaged
Martin Wimpress (flexiondotorg) wrote :

The bug is actually in upower.

Changed in mate-power-manager (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
Changed in gnome-power-manager (Debian):
status: Unknown → Incomplete
Changed in gnome-power-manager (Debian):
status: Incomplete → New

Created attachment 114095
Patch to fix issue

If the command `upower -d` is run while a device with no history is attached, the command can crash with a segfault.

Relevant backtrace when compiled from the master branch (f3706d7) with debugging:

Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
0x00007ffff76d8444 in g_variant_unref () from /usr/lib/
(gdb) bt
#0 0x00007ffff76d8444 in g_variant_unref () from /usr/lib/
#1 0x00007ffff7bc27b2 in up_device_get_history_sync (device=0x7ffff0003c70,
    type=0x7ffff7bd23af "charge", timespec=120, resolution=10, cancellable=0x0,
    error=0x0) at up-device.c:484
#2 0x00007ffff7bc192d in up_device_to_text_history (device=0x7ffff0003c70,
    string=0x7ffff0001920, type=0x7ffff7bd23af "charge") at up-device.c:194
#3 0x00007ffff7bc2391 in up_device_to_text (device=0x7ffff0003c70)
    at up-device.c:375
#4 0x0000000000401d14 in main (argc=1, argv=0x7fffffffe748) at up-tool.c:321

This appears to be caused by the fact that if the call to 'up_device_glue_call_get_history_sync' within the 'up_device_get_history_sync' function fails, the 'gva' variable will be left uninitialized. The function later tries to call 'g_variant_unref' on it and fails.

A patch which initializes 'gva' to NULL is attached and resolves the issue for me. A similar fix may also be needed for the 'up_device_get_statistics_sync' function (which follows the same pattern of leaving 'gva' uninitialized).

*** Bug 89514 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

affects: gnome-power-manager (Debian) → upower (Debian)
Changed in upower:
importance: Undecided → Unknown
status: New → Unknown

I came here from a downstream report/patch, so I didn't take your patch, sorry.

Fixed in master now:


Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

Fixed upstream now, will upload to Debian and sync ASAP.

affects: ubuntu-mate → upower (Ubuntu)
Changed in upower (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Martin Pitt (pitti)
importance: Undecided → High
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
Changed in upower:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → Fix Released
Changed in upower (Debian):
status: New → Confirmed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package upower - 0.99.2-2

upower (0.99.2-2) experimental; urgency=medium

  * libupower: Fix crash due to uninitialized GVariant. (Closes: #774546,
    LP: #1428337)

 -- Martin Pitt <email address hidden> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:59:59 +0100

Changed in upower (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Changed in upower (Debian):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
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