Bug 18579 - libsafe kills sawfish
Summary: libsafe kills sawfish
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: sawfish   
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Version: 7.0
Hardware: i386 Linux
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Assignee: Havoc Pennington
QA Contact: David Lawrence
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Reported: 2000-10-07 00:05 UTC by Need Real Name
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:29 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-10-10 22:18:45 UTC
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Description Need Real Name 2000-10-07 00:05:16 UTC
I can reliably enduce libsafe to kill sawfish. Opening the "Configure
Update Agent" item from the Gnome "Programs->System" menu and entering the
root passwd gives the following in /var/log/secure:

Oct  7 00:48:02 tenshu libsafe.so[5877]: version 1.3
Oct  7 00:48:02 tenshu libsafe.so[5877]: detected an attempt to write
across stack boundary.
Oct  7 00:48:02 tenshu libsafe.so[5877]: terminating /usr/bin/sawfish
Oct  7 00:48:02 tenshu libsafe.so[5877]: overflow caused by memcpy()

This is using the versions of libsafe and sawfish supplied as part of
RedHat 7.0 (my system was 6.1 with more recent versions of librep, rep-gtk
and sawfish, upgraded to RH7 using the RedHat installer)

Comment 1 Need Real Name 2000-10-07 00:07:15 UTC
I have just built and installed an RPM of sawfish-0.31 from the official site
and the segfault is no longer present.
Looks like RH needs to issue an update of this package.

Comment 2 Havoc Pennington 2000-10-10 22:18:40 UTC
Forwarded upstream to the sawfish maintainer. We aren't going to upgrade to a
newer version of sawfish at this time because the version in 7 was feature
frozen and stabilized, and newer versions add features and destabilize things
again. So we would need a fix backported to the version we shipped. If I
understand correctly this is not a security bug, please correct me if it is.
(i.e. it's just a matter of Sawfish being a bit broken writing in inappropriate
parts of the stack.)

Comment 3 Elliot Lee 2001-02-09 18:35:30 UTC
sawfish-0.36 is in rawhide, all is well.

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