[torquedev] Double free and touches of freed memory inside pbs_server

Garrick Staples garrick at usc.edu
Thu Aug 5 13:11:01 MDT 2010

Reading your description makes it sound like a problem with all server->mom
requests, but it actually only happens with modify_job()? If so, what is
special about modify_job()?

On Thu, Aug 05, 2010 at 09:26:40PM +0400, Eygene Ryabinkin alleged:
> Good day.
> It looks like I digged the case where pbs_server will free the memory,
> then touch it and then will free it again.  I had experienced it with
> 2.5.1, but it looks like most versions should have this problem.
> Here's what happens:
>  - modifyjob request comes in, process_request() will allocate
>    new request with alloc_br();
>  - then dispatch_request() will call req_modifyjob() that in turn
>    will call modify_job() and which in some cases (when job attributes
>    are to be changed) will call relay_to_mom();
>  - relay_to_mom() will insert this request (allocated with alloc_br())
>    into task_list_event (by calling issue_Drequest());
>  - modify_job() will do its job and req_modifyjob() will call
>    reply_ack() that will invoke reply_send();
>  - reply_send() sends the reply and calls free_br() on our request;
>    _but_ the same request was pushed to the task_list_event, so
>    once the MOM will reply, pbs_server will touch the freed memory
>    chunk and will free it once again.
> Since there can be modifications of multiple jobs per one client's
> request (via req_modifyarray()) and it is rather hard to make a proper
> deep copy of a request (at least, it is hard for me), I ended up with a
> simple refcounting patch.  It works in the sense that pbs_server stopped
> to dump core (because glibc detects double frees on CentOS 5.5 and calls
> abort()), but pbs_server for 2.5.1 was responding to the requests like
> 'qstat -Bf' very slowly (with and without my patch), so I had rolled
> back to 2.4.9 at our production infrastructure.
> The patch is attached and it will be very good if someone will be
> able to evaluate both the patch and the logics above.
> Meanwhile, I will try to backport the patch for 2.4.9 and use it
> on our production systems.
> Thanks!
> -- 
> Eygene Ryabinkin, Russian Research Centre "Kurchatov Institute"

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Garrick Staples, GNU/Linux HPCC SysAdmin
University of Southern California

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