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SPDY sockets staying open indefinitely

CM Fields
November 09, 2012 01:10PM
We are seeing an issue with Nginx SPDY sockets staying open indefinitely. I
understand that the SPDY patch is still beta and not ready for production.
This server is a test box which is used as a mirror of the production
system accepting public traffic.

This is the source build we are using:
Nginx 1.3.8
OpenSSL 1.0.1c
SPDY patch.spdy-52.txt
OpenBSD v5.2 (default install)

NOTE: If nginx is built without the SPDY patch there are _NO_ issues at all
and the server works like normal with keep alive connections.

The SPDY problem occurs when the offending client connects and they make a
lot of SPDY error requests. Each of these requests takes a
"worker_connections" slot. If the client makes more requests then the
worker_connections directive allows the web server denies all new
connections. Essentially, this one ip has triggered a denial of service.

What we are seeing in the logs is a client connecting and triggering a
bunch of "SPDY ERROR while SSL handshaking" error messages in the
error_log. There is no mention of the client ip in the access_log.
According to the Pf logs and the firewall state table the connections from
the offending ip have been closed for hours. This server gets around 2000
connections per hour and only this one ip triggered this issue in 24 hours
of operation. Sadly, I do not have packet dumps of this traffic so I do not
know exactly what the client sent. Perhaps this is a badly written client
or a malicious scan. I do not know.

The only way to clear the open sockets and allow new connections is to
completely restart the nginx daemon.

The nginx.conf for this server is very basic. It just serves a few static
resources. We tried adding some timeouts to help clear the open sockets to
no avail.

## Timeouts
client_body_timeout 10;
client_header_timeout 10;
keepalive_timeout 180 180;
send_timeout 10;
reset_timedout_connection on;


Here is the error_log with the client ip. Server is listening on localhost:

2012/11/08 01:42:59 [warn] 25619#0: *5792 SPDY ERROR while SSL handshaking,
client: 210.77.27.XX, server: 127.0.0.1:443
2012/11/08 01:43:00 [alert] 25619#0: *5792 spdy inflate() failed: -5 while
SSL handshaking, client: 210.77.27.XX, server: 127.0.0.1:443
2012/11/08 01:43:00 [warn] 25619#0: *5792 SPDY ERROR while SSL handshaking,
client: 210.77.27.XX, server: 127.0.0.1:443
2012/11/08 01:43:10 [warn] 25619#0: *5796 SPDY ERROR while SSL handshaking,
client: 210.77.27.XX, server: 127.0.0.1:443
2012/11/08 01:43:11 [alert] 25619#0: *5796 spdy inflate() failed: -5 while
SSL handshaking, client: 210.77.27.XX, server: 127.0.0.1:443
2012/11/08 01:43:11 [warn] 25619#0: *5796 SPDY ERROR while SSL handshaking,
client: 210.77.27.XX, server: 127.0.0.1:443
2012/11/08 01:43:22 [warn] 25619#0: *5803 SPDY ERROR while SSL handshaking,
client: 210.77.27.XX, server: 127.0.0.1:443
2012/11/08 01:43:23 [alert] 25619#0: *5803 spdy inflate() failed: -5 while
SSL handshaking, client: 210.77.27.XX, server: 127.0.0.1:443
2012/11/08 01:43:23 [warn] 25619#0: *5803 SPDY ERROR while SSL handshaking,
client: 210.77.27.XX, server: 127.0.0.1:443
2012/11/08 01:43:33 [warn] 25619#0: *5804 SPDY ERROR while SSL handshaking,
client: 210.77.27.XX, server: 127.0.0.1:443
2012/11/08 01:43:34 [alert] 25619#0: *5804 spdy inflate() failed: -5 while
SSL handshaking, client: 210.77.27.XX, server: 127.0.0.1:443
2012/11/08 01:43:34 [warn] 25619#0: *5804 SPDY ERROR while SSL handshaking,
client: 210.77.27.XX, server: 127.0.0.1:443



Here is a fstat of the open sockets. These sockets will never close until
the nginx daemon is restarted.

# fstat -n | grep inter

daemon nginx 25619 6* internet stream tcp 0xfffffe821e98fd20
127.0.0.1:80
daemon nginx 25619 7* internet stream tcp 0xfffffe820cb94970
127.0.0.1:443
daemon nginx 25619 108* internet stream tcp 0xfffffe820e7354f0
127.0.0.1:443 <-- 210.77.27.XX:2406
daemon nginx 25619 113* internet stream tcp 0x0 *:0
daemon nginx 25619 115* internet stream tcp 0x0 *:0
daemon nginx 25619 117* internet stream tcp 0x0 *:0
daemon nginx 25619 118* internet stream tcp 0x0 *:0
daemon nginx 25619 123* internet stream tcp 0x0 *:0
daemon nginx 25619 124* internet stream tcp 0xfffffe82075ab2d0
127.0.0.1:443 <-- 210.77.27.XX:2284
daemon nginx 25619 125* internet stream tcp 0xfffffe82075ab730
127.0.0.1:443 <-- 210.77.27.XX:2332
daemon nginx 25619 126* internet stream tcp 0xfffffe8211d3dd90
127.0.0.1:443 <-- 210.77.27.XX:2358
daemon nginx 25619 127* internet stream tcp 0xfffffe8217f1c8d8
127.0.0.1:443 <-- 210.77.27.XX:2386
daemon nginx 25619 128* internet stream tcp 0xfffffe820e7352c0
127.0.0.1:443 <-- 210.77.27.XX:2376
daemon nginx 25619 133* internet stream tcp 0xfffffe8217f1c018
127.0.0.1:443 <-- 210.77.27.XX:2309
daemon nginx 25619 141* internet stream tcp 0xfffffe820e735950
127.0.0.1:443 <-- 210.77.27.XX:2413
daemon nginx 25619 142* internet stream tcp 0xfffffe820cb942e0
127.0.0.1:443 <-- 210.77.27.XX:2315
daemon nginx 25619 143* internet stream tcp 0xfffffe8211d3d930
127.0.0.1:443 <-- 210.77.27.XX:2434


If it helps, memory usage and CPU time for the daemon is low:

PID USERNAME PRI NICE SIZE RES STATE WAIT TIME CPU
COMMAND
5611 daemon 2 0 17M 6032K sleep/1 kqread 1:52
0.10% nginx
7311 root 18 0 13M 1040K idle pause
0:00 0.00% nginx


I just wanted to report this issue in case someone else had the same
problem. I wish I had more information, but at this time I am not sure what
the client is sending to cause the hanging open sockets. If there is any
other information that will help or if a new patch needs testing please
tell me.

Have a great weekend!
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Subject Author Posted

SPDY sockets staying open indefinitely

CM Fields November 09, 2012 01:10PM

Re: SPDY sockets staying open indefinitely

CM Fields November 09, 2012 02:08PM

Re: SPDY sockets staying open indefinitely

Valentin V. Bartenev November 12, 2012 01:28PM

Re: SPDY sockets staying open indefinitely

CM Fields November 13, 2012 11:42AM

Re: SPDY sockets staying open indefinitely

Matthieu Tourne November 19, 2012 12:58PM

Re: SPDY sockets staying open indefinitely

CM Fields November 19, 2012 01:24PM

RE: SPDY sockets staying open indefinitely

Lukas Tribus November 19, 2012 01:44PM

Re: SPDY sockets staying open indefinitely

Matthieu Tourne November 19, 2012 02:12PM

Re: SPDY sockets staying open indefinitely

Valentin V. Bartenev November 19, 2012 02:26PM

Re: SPDY sockets staying open indefinitely

Matthieu Tourne November 19, 2012 03:44PM



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