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From Benjamin Mahler <>
Subject Re: Review Request 66863: Reduced likelihood of a stack overflow in libprocess socket send path.
Date Mon, 30 Apr 2018 23:47:01 GMT

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(Updated April 30, 2018, 11:47 p.m.)

Review request for mesos, Benjamin Hindman, Benno Evers, and Chun-Hung Hsiao.


Updated per chun's suggestion.

Bugs: MESOS-8594

Repository: mesos


Currently, the socket send path is implemented using an asynchronous
loop with callbacks. Without using `process::loop`, this pattern is
prone to a stack overflow in the case that all asynchronous calls
complete synchronously. This is possible with sockets if the socket
is always ready for writing. Users have reported the crash in both
MESOS-8594 and MESOS-8834, so the stack overflow is encountered in

This patch updates the send path to leverage `process::loop`, which
is supposed to prevent stack overflows in asynchronous loops. However,
it is still possible for `process::loop` to stack overflow due to
MESOS-8852. In practice, I expect that even without MESOS-8852 fixed,
users won't see any stack overflows in the send path.

Diffs (updated)

  3rdparty/libprocess/src/process.cpp 21931db5edd7ecf0f4620dba42a5521f48cd47a3 




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