Concurrent subscription.destroy() ? Crash when using tick42rmds transport.

Yury Batrakov

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-----Original Message-----
From: Yury Batrakov
Sent: Monday, June 19, 2017 7:42 PM
To: 'openmama-dev' <openmama-dev@...>; 'openmama-users' <openmama-users@...>
Subject: Concurrent subscription.destroy() ? Crash when using tick42rmds transport.

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Hi guys,

I've faced the following issue when using OpenMAMA and tick42rmds bridge.
The bridge internally creates a thread to process events from RMDS server, once a message is received that thread invokes mamaSubscription_processMsg. While the message is processed user may want to destroy the subscription (obviously in other thread). To avoid corruption of mamaSubscription object, mamaSubscription_destroy() function calls bridge->mute for the bridge to stop calling mamaSubscription_processMsg() and only then deallocates mamaSubscription. The problem with this approach is the following: here's the pseudo code for RMDS dispatching thread

if(muted) {
// Do not dispatch

// Do some other checks <-- mute() may be invoked here
mamaSubscription_processMsg() // processMsg for muted subscription, may crash

The solution for that is to change RMDS bridge to block in bridge->mute() call until mamaSubscription_processMsg() returns but there's another problem: mamaSubscription_processMsg and mamaSubscription_deactivate may deadlock on wombatThrottle. Consider the following scenario:
1. RMDS bridge thread invokes mamaSubscription_processMsg() for message of type initial
2. User thread invokes mamaSubscription_destroy() which acquires wombat throttle lock:
if (impl->mTransport)
throttle = mamaTransportImpl_getThrottle(impl->mTransport,

if(NULL != throttle)
3. Then mamaSubscription_destroy calls mamaSubscription_deactivate_internal which calls our new version of bridge->mute() which waits for RMDS bridge thread to finish message processing
if (impl->mSubscBridge)
impl->mBridgeImpl->bridgeMamaSubscriptionMute (impl->mSubscBridge);
4. RMDS bridge handles initial message and tries to acquire the same throttle:
#5 0x00007ffff78d4f32 in wombatThrottle_lock (throttle=0x6298e0) at mama/c_cpp/src/c/throttle.c:441
#6 0x00007ffff78a34e2 in imageRequest_stopWaitForResponse (request=0x14d1a20) at mama/c_cpp/src/c/imagerequest.c:774
#7 0x00007ffff78cbe06 in mamaSubscription_stopWaitForResponse (subscription=0xe36280, ctx=0xe364a0) at mama/c_cpp/src/c/subscription.c:1262
#8 0x00007ffff78a38fe in processPointToPointMessage (callback=0x1527e50, msg=0x642460, msgType=6, ctx=0xe364a0) at mama/c_cpp/src/c/listenermsgcallback.c:169
#9 0x00007ffff78a3f9c in listenerMsgCallback_processMsg (callback=0x1527e50, msg=0x642460, ctx=0xe364a0) at mama/c_cpp/src/c/listenermsgcallback.c:480
#10 0x00007ffff78cd825 in mamaSubscription_processMsg (subscription=0xe36280, msg=0x642460) at mama/c_cpp/src/c/subscription.c:2259

What do you think is the best way to avoid this?

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