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Bug 162683 - [RHEL3 and RHEL2.1] ps command core dump
Summary: [RHEL3 and RHEL2.1] ps command core dump
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: kernel
Version: 3.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Dave Anderson
QA Contact: Brian Brock
Depends On:
Blocks: 168424
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2005-07-07 16:46 UTC by Issue Tracker
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:07 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

Fixed In Version: RHSA-2006-0144
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2006-03-15 16:12:20 UTC
Target Upstream Version:

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System ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2006:0144 qe-ready SHIPPED_LIVE Moderate: Updated kernel packages available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 Update 7 2006-03-15 05:00:00 UTC

Description Issue Tracker 2005-07-07 16:46:29 UTC
Escalated to Bugzilla from IssueTracker

Comment 11 Karel Zak 2005-09-14 20:50:08 UTC
This is a kernel problem. See new versions of kernel (e.g 2.6.13) -- there's
spin lock for access to task->comm and routines don't use the task->comm field
directly, but there's API (set_task_comm() and get_task_comm()).

See: linux-2.4.21/fs/proc/array.c: proc_pid_stat() where is sprintf("%s",

Comment 12 Karel Zak 2005-09-14 21:05:34 UTC
Note: the kernel task_struct->comm race condition causes ps core dump, because
the ps command doesn't check for format of /proc/*/stat data. A possible
workaround could be detect and ignore processes with corrupted /proc/*/stat. But
I vote for real bug fix in RHEL3 kernel :-)

Comment 13 Ernie Petrides 2005-10-04 01:33:31 UTC
This is a dup of bug 138730, but I won't yet close it as such because
of current access restrictions.  A patch to fix this has been posted
for internal review and is expected to committed to the next U7 build.

Comment 14 Ernie Petrides 2005-10-04 20:24:33 UTC
Access restrictions on bug 138730 have now been lifted.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 138730 ***

Comment 16 Ernie Petrides 2005-10-08 02:18:01 UTC
A fix for this problem has just been committed to the RHEL3 U7
patch pool this evening (in kernel version 2.4.21-37.5.EL).

Comment 17 Red Hat Bugzilla 2006-03-15 16:12:21 UTC
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
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