Bug #1562

sigsegv @ fdevent_get_handler - when congestion occurs, and file descriptor arrays is full.

Added by fdeletang about 6 years ago. Updated almost 6 years ago.

Status:FixedStart date:
Priority:UrgentDue date:
Assignee:-% Done:


Target version:1.5.0
Missing in 1.5.x:


I'm experiencing segfaults when congestion occurs, at 800-850Mbps.

The crashes occurs here:
lighttpdr1334: segfault at 0000000c eip 0805ef46 esp bfc63e80 error 4

0x0805ef44 <fdevent_get_handler+20>:    je     0x805ef4f <fdevent_get_handler+31>
0x0805ef46 <fdevent_get_handler+22>:    cmp    0x8(%eax),%edx
0x0805ef49 <fdevent_get_handler+25>:    jne    0x805ef7c <fdevent_get_handler+76>

171         if (ev->fdarray[fd]->fd != fd) SEGFAULT();

I guess eax is ev->fdarrayfd, it's not NULL but it's not a valid pointer either, thus, trying to access ev->fdarrayfd->fd makes lighty read from inexistent segments or segments without read permission.

So what's wrong ? Maybe fd is just an index out of the allocated array. Let's have a look on how it's being created.


 15 fdevents *fdevent_init(size_t maxfds, fdevent_handler_t type) {
 19         ev->fdarray = calloc(maxfds, sizeof(*ev->fdarray));


1076         if (NULL == (srv->ev = fdevent_init(srv->max_fds + 1, srv->event_handler))) {

and earlier in the same file:

 679                 if (0 != getrlimit(RLIMIT_NOFILE, &rlim)) {
 680                         log_error_write(srv, __FILE__, __LINE__,
 681                                         "ss", "couldn't get 'max filedescriptors'",
 682                                         strerror(errno));
 683                         return -1;
 684                 }
 686                 if (use_rlimit && srv->srvconf.max_fds) {
 687                         /* set rlimits */
 689                         rlim.rlim_cur = srv->srvconf.max_fds;
 690                         rlim.rlim_max = srv->srvconf.max_fds;
 692                         if (0 != setrlimit(RLIMIT_NOFILE, &rlim)) {
 693                                 log_error_write(srv, __FILE__, __LINE__,
 694                                                 "ss", "couldn't set 'max filedescriptors'",
 695                                                 strerror(errno));
 696                                 return -1;
 697                         }
 698                 }

 700                 /* #372: solaris need some fds extra for devpoll */
 701                 if (rlim.rlim_cur > 10) rlim.rlim_cur -= 10;

 827                         srv->max_fds = rlim.rlim_cur;

So, here's what's being done:
- the process fetch the current configured rlimits and save it in rlim
- if the configuration has a setting for max_fds, it override the one that's configured for the current task
- The, the max_fds get decremented by 10 (solaris bugfix, yay)
- and the allocation of the file descriptor array is being made using max_fds as size.

And here's what happen:
- The system can give you more than max_fds file descriptors
- fd > max_fds
- sigsegv

Possible workarounds:
- comment line 701 in server.c if you're not running solaris
- replace maxfds by maxfds + 10 in line 19 of fdevent.c
- fix this race condition ;-)

Fix-372-and-1562.patch Magnifier - Patch for 1.4 and 1.5 (1.23 KB) stbuehler, 2008-02-13 14:38


#1 Updated by stbuehler about 6 years ago

If i understood the #372 problem correctly, Solaris doesn't want to poll for rlim.cur fds, as one is used for the /dev/poll fd, and returns an error.

But it doesn't seem to matter if the dopoll.dp_nfds value is a little bit smaller - it is just the max number of events to be polled in one syscall.

So i think reducing the number dopoll.dp_nfds by one in fdevent_solaris_devpoll_poll should fix #372 and we can remove the previous "fix" for it to fix this bug (#1562).

#2 Updated by admin about 6 years ago

#3 Updated by stbuehler about 6 years ago

Yes; #372 was "fixed" (i.e. introduced this bug) in r853, which was between 1.4.7 and 1.4.8.

#4 Updated by admin about 6 years ago

Doesn't this allow for an easy DoS attack?

#5 Updated by admin about 6 years ago

It's remotely exploitable...

#6 Updated by stbuehler about 6 years ago

  • Status changed from New to Fixed
  • Resolution set to fixed

Fixed in r2082

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