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From "Venkat Reddy (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Resolved: (AXIS-2008) Axis HttpSender can cause a socket resource leak
Date Thu, 02 Jun 2005 06:48:52 GMT
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Venkat Reddy resolved AXIS-2008:

    Resolution: Fixed

Patch from Jaya is applied.

> Axis HttpSender can cause a socket resource leak
> ------------------------------------------------
>          Key: AXIS-2008
>          URL:
>      Project: Axis
>         Type: Bug
>     Versions: 1.1, 1.2
>  Environment: Axis java, 1.1 and 1.2, unix platforms
>     Reporter: Tom Diepenbrock
>  Attachments: 2008.patch
> Under certain circumstances, the HttpSender class can leave sockets connected that should
be closed.  For example:
> In our application, we connect to several different web service providers using Axis.
 Some of them are poorly behaved--they will accept our socket connection, but then send no
data back.  Although we set the timeout value in the Call object (which ultimately causes
the Socket.setSoTimeout(millis) method to be called), what happens is that the read() call
to the socket's InputStream will throw a SocketTimeoutException, which gets caught in the
HttpSender.invoke() method, wrapped up in an AxisFault, and then that is thrown back to the
> Unfortunately, the SocketTimeoutException does not close the socket--the socket is still
open and connected as per the jdk javadocs for Socket and SocketTimeoutException.  In this
case, what happens is that the socket remains connected at the operating system level, resulting
in a resource leak (unix file descriptors) that eventually forces the JVM to be restarted
so that the idle sockets can be removed.
> The problem is that there is no way for the calling application to get access to the
still-connected socket to close it explicitly.  Since the HttpSender treats all exceptions
as fatal to that particular web service call, perhaps the HttpSender should catch SocketTimeoutException
and close the socket, if no further attempts to read from it will be made, before wrapping
it up into an AxisFault to be thrown back to the caller.

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