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#1 2021-06-20 07:39:23

vdrummer
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[SOLVED] Invalid pointer when importing keys

When doing my package upgrades today, I had to import a new key. During this import, free() apparently got passed an invalid pointer resulting in the error message

free(): invalid pointer

and pacman exiting without removing db.lck.


On subsequent updates, I was told that the key that failed is not trusted and that the packages signed with this key are corrupted.
Looking around on the Arch wiki, I found the advice to remove /etc/pacman.d/gnupg and re-initialize the keyring.

When doing so, however, I am faced with the same free() error again.

Any advice on how I can get keys working again?

Last edited by vdrummer (2021-06-21 06:28:25)

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#2 2021-06-20 07:45:01

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Re: [SOLVED] Invalid pointer when importing keys

Please paste the output of `pacman -Syu --debug`


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#3 2021-06-20 07:52:52

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Re: [SOLVED] Invalid pointer when importing keys

The last few lines which are most likely relevant:

downloading required keys...
:: Import PGP key 24E4CDB0013C2580, "Jaroslav Lichtblau <svetlemodry@archlinux.org>"? [Y/n]
debug: looking up key svetlemodry@archlinux.org using WKD
:: Import PGP key EA4F7B321A906AD9, "Daniel M. Capella <polyzen@archlinux.org>"? [Y/n]
debug: looking up key polyzen@archlinux.org using WKD
:: Import PGP key E0959FEA8B550539, "George Rawlinson <grawlinson@archlinux.org>"? [Y/n]
debug: looking up key grawlinson@archlinux.org using WKD
debug: gpg error: End of file
debug: looking up key E0959FEA8B550539 remotely
debug: key "George Rawlinson <george@rawlinson.net.nz>" on keyserver
debug: importing key
free(): invalid pointer

If you need more, let me know. I didn't want to post 12.000 lines of log output.

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Edit: Related to the failed key:

debug: found signature key: E0959FEA8B550539
debug: looking up key E0959FEA8B550539 locally
debug: key lookup failed, unknown key

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#4 2021-06-20 15:17:29

ykonstant
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Re: [SOLVED] Invalid pointer when importing keys

I have a similar problem; `pacman -Syu` told me to import new key from George Rawlinson, but then designated my packages as corrupt, and now I cannot update anything.  I am afraid to reboot my machine sad  I did not get any `free()` errors, however.

Here is the messages I get:

    ...
    :: Proceed with installation? [Y/n] Y
    (36/36) checking keys in keyring                   [######################] 100%
    (36/36) checking package integrity                 [######################] 100%
    error: libzen: signature from "George Rawlinson <george@rawlinson.net.nz>" is unknown trust
    :: File /var/cache/pacman/pkg/libzen-0.4.39-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.zst is corrupted (invalid or corrupted package (PGP signature)).
    Do you want to delete it? [Y/n] 
    ....

and so on.

**EDIT** I tried doing

sudo pacman-key --refresh-keys

which resulted in hundreds of gpg errors incuding "no data", "general error" "no route to host" an many more.  Eventually it completed, but when I ran pacman -Syu again, the packages still appear corrupted.

I finally fixed the error by first updating the keyring with pacman -S archlinux-keyring and then doing the general update.

Last edited by ykonstant (2021-06-20 15:49:55)

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#5 2021-06-20 15:51:18

Herr_Irrtum
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Re: [SOLVED] Invalid pointer when importing keys

ykonstant wrote:

I tried doing

sudo pacman-key --refresh-keys

which resulted in hundreds of gpg errors incuding "no data", "general error" "no route to host" an many more.  Eventually it completed, but when I ran pacman -Syu again, the packages still appear corrupted sad

Same here. This is not normal.

Edit. Ah. Of course

pacman -S archlinux-keyring

helped. ykonstant said it right above.

Last edited by Herr_Irrtum (2021-06-20 15:56:36)

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#6 2021-06-20 16:11:44

eschwartz
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Re: [SOLVED] Invalid pointer when importing keys

pacman 6.0.0-3 (since ten days ago) includes a backported patch to fix this segfault.

You may hit this error if you try to pacman -Syu and in the same transaction providing pacman itself, you *also* get a package that tries to import keys. It will depend on how frequently you updated, as the new keyring (and George Rawlinson's key) landed in the repos 6 days after pacman did. Unfortunately, many people update at a fairly reasonable pace of once a week, which is 7 days not 6...


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#7 2021-06-21 06:28:08

vdrummer
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Re: [SOLVED] Invalid pointer when importing keys

pacman -S archlinux-keyring

did the trick. Thanks everyone! Marking as solved.

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#8 2021-06-21 19:53:22

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Re: [SOLVED] Invalid pointer when importing keys

Thank you, helped me as well.

Perhaps this is a newbie question, but should something about this be posted in the Arch news feed? I usually check that on the homepage before doing updates, as recommended in the wiki.

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#9 2021-06-22 04:39:49

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Re: [SOLVED] Invalid pointer when importing keys

brianstamper wrote:

Thank you, helped me as well.

Perhaps this is a newbie question, but should something about this be posted in the Arch news feed? I usually check that on the homepage before doing updates, as recommended in the wiki.

pacman -S archlinux-keyring also fixed it for me

I also agree that maybe this should be in the news feed, although I did find this post pretty easily from a google search  so /shrug


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#10 2021-06-22 06:35:34

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Re: [SOLVED] Invalid pointer when importing keys

The default key server used ( hkps://hkps.pool.sks-keyservers.net ) seems to be broken. I can't even resolve the address. Is there another address that can be used?

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#11 2021-06-22 06:39:15

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Re: [SOLVED] Invalid pointer when importing keys

patlefort wrote:

The default key server used ( hkps://hkps.pool.sks-keyservers.net ) seems to be broken. I can't even resolve the address. Is there another address that can be used?

https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/71078

Last edited by progandy (2021-06-22 06:39:29)


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#12 2021-06-22 06:45:44

seth
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Re: [SOLVED] Invalid pointer when importing keys

https://sks-keyservers.net/ wrote:

This service is deprecated. This means it is no longer maintained, and new HKPS certificates will not be issued. Service reliability should not be expected.

Update 2021-06-21: Due to even more GDPR takedown requests, the DNS records for the pool will no longer be provided at all.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Pacman … _keyserver

Edit: grrrr… ;-)

Last edited by seth (2021-06-22 06:46:30)

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