arena_tcache_fill_small can corrupt the tcache

valtteri at valtteri at
Tue Nov 12 23:34:42 PST 2013


It seems that there is a thread cache memory in case of memory has run out 
or process hits to the memory limit. Basically the arena_tcache_fill_small 
will start to fill the thread cache from the end and if memory allocation 
fails before all cache entries have been filled the earlier thread cache 
entries will contain old pointers given already to the program. Now when 
new allocations are made the memory is given twice causing memory 
corruption. Also the new memory allocated and placed after tbin->ncached 
index is leaked.

There is really simple fix for this i.e. start to fill the tcache from the 
beginning. Attached patch fixes this problem that way i.e. one liner fix 
for the issue. I'm not totally sure if you want to use that because this 
brakes the low region using first that was with the original 
implementation, but on the other hand this gives first memory that was 
allocated from existing arenas, so this approach might be better in that 

Best regards,

Valtteri Rahkonen
valtteri at
+358 40 5077041
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