Bug 4912 - rsync crashes with a double free or corrupted memory detection in glibc
Summary: rsync crashes with a double free or corrupted memory detection in glibc
Alias: None
Product: rsync
Classification: Unclassified
Component: core (show other bugs)
Version: 2.6.9
Hardware: x86 Linux
: P3 major (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Wayne Davison
QA Contact: Rsync QA Contact
Depends on:
Reported: 2007-08-22 16:33 UTC by Richard Brittain
Modified: 2007-11-08 22:09 UTC (History)
0 users

See Also:

Example file list which exhibits the problem (361 bytes, text/plain)
2007-08-22 20:31 UTC, Richard Brittain
no flags Details
strace output from receiving rsync process (29.83 KB, text/plain)
2007-08-22 20:54 UTC, Richard Brittain
no flags Details

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Description Richard Brittain 2007-08-22 16:33:59 UTC
Running rsync 2.6.9 on Fedora Core 6, 32-bit x86 architecture, I get frequent 
aborts due to a free() error detected by glibc.  Error message is appended.
The error is reproducible if I run with the exact same set of arguments, but if the file list to be transferred changes, it may work correctly.

Running with $MALLOC_CHECK_=1 works around the problem.  As far as I can tell,
the errors come from the receiving rsync, not the sending one.

Richard Brittain

*** glibc detected *** rsync: double free or corruption (fasttop): 0x08b30d68 ***
======= Backtrace: =========
======= Memory map: ========
00691000-00697000 r-xp 00000000 fd:00 17006780   /lib/libacl.so.1.1.0
00697000-00698000 rwxp 00005000 fd:00 17006780   /lib/libacl.so.1.1.0
00871000-00875000 r-xp 00000000 fd:00 17006647   /lib/libattr.so.1.1.0
00875000-00876000 rwxp 00003000 fd:00 17006647   /lib/libattr.so.1.1.0
009ec000-00a05000 r-xp 00000000 fd:00 17006631   /lib/ld-2.5.so
00a05000-00a06000 r-xp 00019000 fd:00 17006631   /lib/ld-2.5.so
00a06000-00a07000 rwxp 0001a000 fd:00 17006631   /lib/ld-2.5.so
00a09000-00b43000 r-xp 00000000 fd:00 17006683   /lib/libc-2.5.so
00b43000-00b45000 r-xp 0013a000 fd:00 17006683   /lib/libc-2.5.so
00b45000-00b46000 rwxp 0013c000 fd:00 17006683   /lib/libc-2.5.so
00b46000-00b49000 rwxp 00b46000 00:00 0
00b8f000-00b90000 r-xp 00b8f000 00:00 0          [vdso]
00f8e000-00f97000 r-xp 00000000 fd:00 17006632   /lib/libnss_files-2.5.so
00f97000-00f98000 r-xp 00008000 fd:00 17006632   /lib/libnss_files-2.5.so
00f98000-00f99000 rwxp 00009000 fd:00 17006632   /lib/libnss_files-2.5.so
0565b000-05662000 r-xp 00000000 fd:00 5834125    /usr/lib/libpopt.so.0.0.0
05662000-05663000 rwxp 00006000 fd:00 5834125    /usr/lib/libpopt.so.0.0.0
05725000-05730000 r-xp 00000000 fd:00 17006682   /lib/libgcc_s-4.1.2-20070626.so.1
05730000-05731000 rwxp 0000a000 fd:00 17006682   /lib/libgcc_s-4.1.2-20070626.so.1
08047000-08093000 r-xp 00000000 fd:00 5845875    /usr/bin/rsync
08093000-08095000 rw-p 0004c000 fd:00 5845875    /usr/bin/rsync
08095000-080a5000 rw-p 08095000 00:00 0
08b2b000-08b92000 rw-p 08b2b000 00:00 0
b7c00000-b7c21000 rw-p b7c00000 00:00 0
b7c21000-b7d00000 ---p b7c21000 00:00 0
b7d22000-b7d63000 rw-p b7d22000 00:00 0
b7d63000-b7f63000 r--p 00000000 fd:00 5859512    /usr/lib/locale/locale-archive
b7f63000-b7f65000 rw-p b7f63000 00:00 0
bfd01000-bfd17000 rw-p bfd01000 00:00 0          [stack]
rsync: connection unexpectedly closed (8 bytes received so far) [sender]
rsync error: unexplained error (code 255) at io.c(453) [sender=2.6.9]
Comment 1 Matt McCutchen 2007-08-22 17:48:09 UTC
Well, could you show us the crashing command line and the file list (unless it's secret)?  Could you reproduce the problem in a copy of rsync 2.6.9 that has debug info in order to get a backtrace containing function names?
Comment 2 Richard Brittain 2007-08-22 20:31:41 UTC
Created attachment 2877 [details]
Example file list which exhibits the problem

Removing either /etc/mail or /usr/lib/httpd/modules from the list makes the
error go away.  
The actual command line is (part of a script, with obvious substitutions)

rsync --files-from system-sync-list --delete -avr --rsync-path=/usr/local/etc/rsync-debug -F / $targetuser@$targethost:/
Comment 3 Richard Brittain 2007-08-22 20:54:22 UTC
Created attachment 2878 [details]
strace output from receiving rsync process
Comment 4 Wayne Davison 2007-11-08 22:09:34 UTC
This appears to be the same crash as bug 4855, caused by the combination of -R (implied by --files-from) and -F and some uninitialized memory in the filter handling.  That bug report has a quick fix for 2.6.9, and development version has this fixed.