[Gluster-devel] Unchecked malloc

Vijay Bellur vbellur at redhat.com
Thu Feb 13 09:09:17 UTC 2014

On 02/13/2014 06:43 AM, Emmanuel Dreyfus wrote:
> Hi
> I have hit another unchecked malloc bug in 3.5.0beta3:
> libglusterfs/src/mem-pool.c:mem_get()
>                  ptr = GF_CALLOC (1, mem_pool->padded_sizeof_type,
>                                   gf_common_mt_mem_pool);
>                  /* Memory coming from the heap need not be transformed from a
>                   * chunkhead to a usable pointer since it is not coming from
>                   * the pool.
>                   */
>          }
> fwd_addr_out:
>          pool_ptr = mem_pool_from_ptr (ptr);
>          *pool_ptr = (struct mem_pool *)mem_pool;
> And here it crashes because pool_ptr was derived from ptr, which is NULL.
> I submitted a change for this (http://review.gluster.org/6796), which was
> reviewed -1, and indeed it is not good enough because:
> 1) it is incomplete, as unchecked mallocs are now very common in glusterfs
> code, and

Though it is not complete, we need to start somewhere. I don't think we 
will ever have a single patchset that addresses this problem completely. 
I am okay with reviving this patch, address the review comments and 
merge it.

We could set up a wiki page to track this cleanup on a per component basis.


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