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Re: [Xen-devel] xenstored crashes with SIGSEGV

On Mon, 2014-12-15 at 14:50 +0000, Ian Campbell wrote:
> On Mon, 2014-12-15 at 15:19 +0100, Philipp Hahn wrote:
> > I just noticed something strange:
> > 
> > > #3  0x000000000040a684 in tdb_open (name=0xff00000000 <Address
> > > 0xff00000000 out of bounds>, hash_size=0,
> > >     tdb_flags=4254928, open_flags=-1, mode=3119127560) at tdb.c:1773
> > > #4  0x000000000040a70b in tdb_copy (tdb=0x192e540, outfile=0x1941fb0
> > > "/var/lib/xenstored/tdb.0x1935bb0")
> > 
> > Why does gdb-7.0.1 print "name=0xff000000" here for frame 3, but for
> > frame 2 and 4 the pointers are correct again?
> > Verifying the values with an explicit "print" shows them as correct.
> I has just noticed that and was wondering about that same thing. I'm
> starting to worry that 0xff00000000 might just be a gdb thing, similar
> to <value optimized out>, but infinitely more misleading.

I'm reasonably convinced now that this is just a weird artefact of
running gdb on an optimised binary, probably a shortcoming in the debug
info leading to gdb getting confused.

Unfortunately this also calls into doubt the parameter to talloc_free,
perhaps in that context 0xff0000000 is a similar artefact.

Please can you print the entire contents of tdb in the second frame
("print *tdb" ought to do it). I'm curious whether it is all sane or

Please can you also print "info regs" at the point of the segv (in frame
0) as well as "disas" at that point.

Can you also "p $_siginfo._sifields._sigfault.si_addr" (in frame 0).
This ought to be the actual faulting address, which ought to give a hint
on how much we can trust the parameters in the stack trace.

Since I'm asking for the world I may as well ask you to dump the raw
stack too "x/64x $sp" ought to be a good starting point.

I notice in your bugzilla (for a different occurrence, I think):
> [2090451.721705] univention-conf[2512]: segfault at ff00000000 ip 
> 000000000045e238 sp 00007ffff68dfa30 error 6 in python2.6[400000+21e000]

Which appears to have faulted access 0xff000000000 too. It looks like
this process is a python thing, it's nothing to do with xenstored I
assume? It seems rather coincidental that it should be accessing the 
same sort of address and be faulting.


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