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Bug 999164

Summary: Some sequence of characters in console-log can cause nova-compute death
Product: Red Hat OpenStack Reporter: Jaroslav Henner <jhenner>
Component: openstack-novaAssignee: Xavier Queralt <xqueralt>
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE QA Contact: Ami Jeain <ajeain>
Severity: urgent Docs Contact:
Priority: unspecified    
Version: 3.0CC: apevec, dallan, hateya, ndipanov, rbryant, xqueralt, yeylon
Target Milestone: asyncKeywords: Security, ZStream
Target Release: 3.0   
Hardware: x86_64   
OS: Linux   
See Also: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=971188
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Last Closed: 2013-08-21 13:07:52 EDT Type: Bug
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Bug Blocks: 999271    
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Description Jaroslav Henner 2013-08-20 16:33:06 EDT
Created attachment 788640 [details]
api.log

Description of problem:
for some sequence of characters in the console-log, nova console-log displays:
ERROR: The server has either erred or is incapable of performing the requested operation. (HTTP 500) (Request-ID: req-49673c01-2765-4942-b1ad-6cc79b520b4d)

When console-log is ran often enough, it seems to be causeing death of nova-compute. 

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
openstack-nova-compute-2013.1.3-1.el6ost.noarch
openstack-nova-api-2013.1.3-1.el6ost.noarch

How reproducible:
always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. on guest:
cat > test.py <<EOF
for a in range(9525, 0, -1):
    print u'%d %s' % (a, unichr(a))
EOF
python test.py > /dev/ttyS0
2. anywhere:
nova console-log foo --lengt 9522 | head -n 3  
9520 ?
9519 ?
9518 ?

nova console-log foo --lengt 9523 | head -n 3 
ERROR: The server has either erred or is incapable of performing the requested operation. (HTTP 500) (Request-ID: req-5a7f4f6c-7a10-45c8-9579-cc353de1b5b3)


Actual results:
Error in log, error on CLI

Expected results:
no error

Additional info:
Comment 2 Jaroslav Henner 2013-08-20 16:47:49 EDT
After trying several times:
nova console-log foo --lengt 9523 | head -n 3 &
nova-compute died:
[root@controller ~]# nova-manage service list 2> /dev/null  | grep XXX
nova-compute     master-01.rhos... nova             enabled    XXX   2013-08-20 20:41:40

marking urgent because this can be used to DOS attack. This is also why I am setting Security keyword.
Comment 3 Jaroslav Henner 2013-08-20 16:59:15 EDT
another approach how to stochastically trigger this would be:
cat /dev/urandom > /dev/ttyS0
performed on the guest

It looks like the --length parameter must be > 255 in order to trigger the bug.
Comment 6 Xavier Queralt 2013-08-21 10:58:32 EDT
I've been able to narrow down the cause of this bug.

Apparently it has nothing to do with the unicode characters but with the length of the message being sent (an instance of bug #962557).

If you check the traceback in the log you can see that it crashes while encoding the length of the string (65540 bytes) as a 16 bit uint. I imagine that by using unicode characters you managed to increase the size of log up to that limit.

In Grizzly, the fix for supporting >65K messages in qpid (https://review.openstack.org/31689) was half ported to prevent changing the message format in an stable release but still being able to receive messages in the new format if they come from havana.

We have two options here, either we decrease MAX_CONSOLE_BYTES in libvirt driver to prevent this issue or, we fully backport the fix from master (https://review.openstack.org/31689) to grizzly.

On the other hand, the second issue you detected here is that when there is an error in the messaging layer while cleaning the connection it is never moved back to the connection_pool, causing the component to become unresponsive after rpc_conn_pool_size (30 by default) failures because there is no more connections in the pool.