[PATCH] Stream: don't flush empty buffers created for read errors.

Aleksei Bavshin A.Bavshin at F5.com
Thu Jun 2 03:20:54 UTC 2022

> I don't think it's the way to go.  Semantically, flush and
> last_buf are mutually exclusive: last_buf implies flushing of all
> remaining data, and there should be no flush set if last_buf is
> set.
> The "cl->buf->flush = !src->read->eof" approach might be actually
> better and more obvious: it simply ensures that last_buf and flush
> are not set at the same time.  I don't immediately see any cases
> where it can break things, and this should fix the original
> problem with empty UDP packets being sent.

Thanks for confirming that, I wasn't sure it is the right approach exactly because I had doubts regarding the mutual exclusivity of the flags.
Updated patch below; tests are passing on both branches and all systems we have in CI.

# HG changeset patch
# User Aleksei Bavshin <a.bavshin at f5.com>
# Date 1653330584 25200
#      Mon May 23 11:29:44 2022 -0700
# Node ID 40926829be83986a3a5a5f941d2014000a0acd2e
# Parent  e0cfab501dd11fdd23ad492419692269d3a01fc7
Stream: don't flush empty buffers created for read errors.

When we generate the last_buf buffer for an UDP upstream recv error, it does
not contain any data from the wire. ngx_stream_write_filter attempts to forward
it anyways, which is incorrect (e.g., UDP upstream ECONNREFUSED will be
translated to an empty packet).

This happens because we mark the buffer as both 'flush' and 'last_buf', and
ngx_stream_write_filter has special handling for flush with certain types of
connections (see d127837c714f, 32b0ba4855a6). The flags are meant to be
mutually exclusive, so the fix is to ensure that flush and last_buf are not set
at the same time.


stream {
    upstream unreachable {
    server {
        listen udp;
        proxy_pass unreachable;

1 0.000000000 →    UDP 47 45588 → 8998 Len=5
2 0.000166300 →    UDP 47 51149 → 8880 Len=5
3 0.000172600 →    ICMP 75 Destination unreachable (Port
4 0.000202400 →    UDP 42 8998 → 45588 Len=0

Fixes d127837c714f.

diff --git a/src/stream/ngx_stream_proxy_module.c b/src/stream/ngx_stream_proxy_module.c
--- a/src/stream/ngx_stream_proxy_module.c
+++ b/src/stream/ngx_stream_proxy_module.c
@@ -1735,7 +1735,7 @@ ngx_stream_proxy_process(ngx_stream_sess
                 cl->buf->temporary = (n ? 1 : 0);
                 cl->buf->last_buf = src->read->eof;
-                cl->buf->flush = 1;
+                cl->buf->flush = !src->read->eof;
                 *received += n;

More information about the nginx-devel mailing list