[Oisf-devel] Suricata 2.0dev + PF_RING 5.6.0 sporadic crashes in HTPCallbackRequest

Chris Wakelin c.d.wakelin at reading.ac.uk
Mon Jul 22 17:01:08 UTC 2013

On 22/07/13 17:54, Victor Julien wrote:
>>>>> Still crashing sporadically I'm afraid, but now it's mostly in
>>>>> htp_validate_hostname. I've attached another backtrace - does the frame
>>>>> in ReceivePfringLoop make any sense?
>>>> I agree the pfring data looks weird. Might be uninitialized, maybe
>>>> pfring doesn't init it if it doesn't use it. Despite this value, suri
>>>> figured out it's TCP.
>>> I did as Ivan suggested and upgraded to latest libhtp git (I was running
>>> master from Friday 19th July) and latest Suricata too (likewise)
>>> Here's a backtrace for another crash we've been seeing a bit less
>>> frequently but has just re-occurred (with the latest git releases).
>>> Again the ReceivePfringLoop looks a bit suspect to me :)
>> I've pinged Luca about it, will let you know.
> I was told:
> "in order to optimise the computation the pfring header does not contain
> parsing info by default:
> - with standard (kernel-based) drivers you should add
> PF_RING_LONG_HEADER to the pfring_open() flags.
> - with dna we parse the packet in 1-copy mode only (passing a buffer
> with a buffer-len > 0 to pfring_recv()) for the same reason.
> You can explicitly call the parsing routine calling pfring_parse_pkt()"
> So the seemingly random/weird data is the result of us not using
> PF_RING_LONG_HEADER and pfring_parse_pkt(). So it's not an indication of
> something bad.
> Cheers,
> Victor

I was wanting to find the traffic that caused suricata to segfault.
Perhaps I should add the "PF_RING_LONG_HEADER" flag to my debug version
(the one compiled with CFLAGS="-ggdb -O0"), though I suspect it
decreases performance slightly.

I guess we should also have told him I'm using PF_RING with DNA and
libzero (though if you told him it was me, he probably already knows :-) )

Best Wishes,

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