[RFR] 8184328: JDK8u131 socketRead0 hang at SSL read

Rob McKenna rob.mckenna at oracle.com
Wed Sep 13 15:52:08 UTC 2017

Hi Xuelei,

This behaviour is already exposed via the autoclose boolean in:


My position would be that allowing 5 retries allows us to say with some
confidence that we're not going to get a close_notify from the server.
If this is the case I think its reasonable to close the connection.

W.r.t. a separate timeout, the underlying mechanics of a close already
depend on the readTimeout in this situation. (waiting on a close_notify
requires performing a read so the read timeout makes sense in this
context) I'm happy to alter that but I think that the combination of
a timeout and a retry count is straightforward and lower impact.

In my opinion the default behaviour of potentially hanging indefinitely
is worse than the alternative here. (bearing in mind that we are closing
the underlying socket)

I'll file a CSR as soon as we settle on the direction this fix will


On 13/09/17 05:52, Xuelei Fan wrote:
> In theory, there are intermittent compatibility problems as this update may
> not close the SSL connection over the existing socket layer gracefully, even
> for high speed networking environments, while the underlying socket is
> alive.  The impact could be serious in some environment.
> For safe, I may suggest turn this countermeasure off by default.  And
> providing options to turn on this countermeasure:
> 1. Close the SSL connection gracefully by default; or
> 2. Close the SSL connection after a timeout.
> It's hardly to say 5 times receiving timeout is better/safer than timeout
> once in this context.  As you have already had a system property to control,
> you may be able to use options other than the customized socket receiving
> timeout, so that the closing timeout is not mixed/confused/dependent on/with
> the receiving timeout.
> Put all together:
> 1. define a closing timeout, for example "jdk.tls.waitForClose".
> 2. the property default value is zero, no behavior changes.
> 3. applications can set positive milliseconds value for the property. The
> SSL connection will be closed in the set milliseconds (or about the maximum
> value between SO_TIMEOUT and closing timeout), the connection is not grant
> to be gracefully.
> What do you think?
> BTW, please file a CSR as this update is introducing an external system
> property.
> Thanks,
> Xuelei
> On 9/11/2017 3:29 PM, Rob McKenna wrote:
> >Hi folks,
> >
> >In high latency environments a client SSLSocket with autoClose set to false
> >can hang indefinitely if it does not correctly recieve a close_notify
> >from the server.
> >
> >In order to rectify this situation I would like to suggest that we
> >implement an integer JDK property (jdk.tls.closeRetries) which instructs
> >waitForClose to attempt the close no more times than the value of the
> >property. I would also suggest that 5 is a reasonable default.
> >
> >Note: each attempt times out based on the value of
> >Socket.setSoTimeout(int timeout).
> >
> >Also, the behaviour here is similar to that of waitForClose() when
> >autoClose is set to true, less the retries.
> >
> >http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~robm/8184328/webrev.01/
> >
> >     -Rob
> >

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