Subject: Re: The _weirdest_ segfault...
To: None <>
From: Peter Seebach <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 05/17/2000 14:41:07
In message <>, Andreas
 Falck writes:
>**** Segfault in malloc!?! ****

Check the comp.lang.c FAQ.  :)

My personal experience:  In the last ~10 years, I have seen roughly zero
bugs in malloc that cause segfaults, and several hundred cases where a
program stomps on malloc arena data and *causes* malloc to die.

>Anyone knows or have an idea how it is possible? I could guess it might
>have something to do with wrong alignment, but shouldn't the kernel fix 
>such things? (my sysctl settings are such, according to the faq).

It's almost certainly a result of something trashing malloc's data structures
by exceeding bounds or otherwise breaking the rules.