Opened 9 years ago

Closed 9 years ago

#1885 closed defect (fixed)

Race conditions in event subscription

Reported by: nanang Owned by: bennylp
Priority: normal Milestone: release-2.5
Component: pjsip Version: trunk
Keywords: Cc:
Backport to 1.x milestone: Backported: no


Possible scenarios:

  1. Subscription timeout vs subscription refresh (thanks Mark Michelson for the report and analysis)
    • A subscription server is established with a subscription timeout of 600 seconds.
    • 600 seconds elapse.
    • Thread B handles an incoming SUBSCRIBE request to refresh the subscription for a further 600 seconds. The UA layer locks the subscription dialog.
    • At the same time, Thread A is tripped because the subscription has timed out. The timer callback is called, and it now is waiting on the dialog lock.
    • Thread B finishes handling the incoming SUBSCRIBE request and schedules a timer entry for 600 seconds from now. In doing so, thread B sets the pjsip_evsub-> to TIMER_TYPE_UAS_TIMEOUT.
    • Thread B releases the dialog lock.
    • Thread A acquires the dialog lock and immediately sets pjsip_evsub-> to TIMER_TYPE_NONE. It calls into the on_server_timeout() callback.
    • on_server_timeout() callback sends a NOTIFY that terminates the subscription. Shortly after, the subscription is destroyed.
    • When the subscription is destroyed, the timer that was previously scheduled is not cancelled because evsub-> is TIMER_TYPE_NONE. At this point, we have a ticking time bomb in the timer heap.
  2. Subscription timer callback vs subscription destroy
    • Thread A (worker thread) executing on_timer callback (for any evsub timer operation), waiting for dialog lock.
    • Thread B destroy the subscription, but the destroy procedure fails to cancel the timer as the timer is firing (already removed from timer entry list).
    • Thread A gets the dialog lock and ready to go, but the subscription instance has been destroyed.

Change History (3)

comment:1 Changed 9 years ago by nanang

In 5177:

Re #1885: Fixed race condition in evsub scenario 1 (Subscription timeout vs subscription refresh).

comment:2 Changed 9 years ago by nanang

In 5178:

Re #1885: Fixed race condition in evsub scenario 2 (Subscription timer callback vs subscription destroy).

comment:3 Changed 9 years ago by nanang

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed
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