[rrd-developers] rrdtool: *** glibc detected *** free(): invalid pointer: 0x08056450 ***

Sebastian Harl sh at tokkee.org
Wed Jun 11 19:03:48 CEST 2008

Hi again,

On Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 10:50:17AM +0200, Sebastian Harl wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 18, 2007 at 10:49:21PM +0100, Matej Kosik wrote:
> > when I perform the following command
> > 
> > rrdtool graph /tmp/plot_1195420761938267.png --width 479 --height 71 --start 1195257600 --end 1195344000 -i -y 1:1 -l 0 -u 1 DEF:mystate=node_0.rrd:state:AVERAGE LINE2:mystate#FF0000
> > 
> > I get an error:
> > 
> > *** glibc detected *** free(): invalid pointer: 0x08056450 ***
> > 
> > and no graph is generated. The node_0.rrd file was created as follows:
> > 
> > 	rrdtool create /usr/local/src/nms/nms/priv/rrd/node_0.rrd -s 60000 DS:state:GAUGE:60:U:U RRA:AVERAGE:0.5:1:604800
>   start_offset = (long) (*start + *step - rra_start_time) / (long) *step;
> I suspect that we're getting some kind of overflow here. Tobi do you have any
> ideas about that?

Okay, so here is the real issue:

In this case a fairly large row count (604800) and a really unusually
large step size (60000) was used. Now, the critical part of
rrd_fetch_fn() is the calculation of rra_start_time (which in turn is
then used to calculate start_offset):

  rra_start_time = (rra_end_time
                   - (*step * (rrd.rra_def[chosen_rra].row_cnt - 1)));

step * (row_cnt - 1) equals 36287940000 which is way bigger than
LONG_MAX on 32bit architectures (which usually equals 2147483647). So,
we end up with an overflow of the "long int" value and rra_start_time
containing some nonsense value.

I'm currently unsure how to solve that properly. It might make sense to
switch to some 64bit type here - that's what's required by the LFS
anyway. I suppose it would require quite some work to apply that
properly to all parts of RRDtool but I thinks that's worth the effort.
Anything else that comes to my mind right now sounds like a bad hack to

Comments? Thoughts?


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