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From "Adam Holmberg (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CASSANDRA-6535) Prepared Statement on Defunct CF Can Impact Cluster Availability
Date Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:18:50 GMT
Adam Holmberg created CASSANDRA-6535:

             Summary: Prepared Statement on Defunct CF Can Impact Cluster Availability
                 Key: CASSANDRA-6535
             Project: Cassandra
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Core
         Environment: Cassandra 1.2.12
CentOS 6.4
            Reporter: Adam Holmberg

*Synopsis:* misbehaving clients can cause DoS on a cluster with a defunct prepared statement

1.) Create prepared INSERT statement on existing table X
2.) Table X is dropped
3.) Continue using prepared statement from (1)

a.) on coordinator node: COMMIT-LOG-WRITER + MutationStage errors
b.) on other nodes: "UnknownColumnFamilyException reading from socket; closing"  --> leads
to thrashing inter-node connections
c.) Other clients of the cluster suffer from I/O timeouts, presumably a result of (b)

*Other observations:*
* On single-node clusters, clients return from insert without error because mutation errors
are swallowed.
* On multiple-node clusters, clients receive a confounded 'read timeout' error because the
closed internode connections do not propagate the error back.
* With prepared SELECT statements (as opposed to INSERT described above). A NullPointerException
is caused on the server, and no meaninful error is returned to the client.

Besides the obvious "don't do that" to the integrator, it would be good if the cluster could
handle this error case more gracefully and avoid undue impact.

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