Review Board 1.7.16

translator: Prevent invalid memory accesses on fast shutdown

Review Request #4457 - Created March 3, 2015 and submitted

Matt Jordan
When a 'core restart now' or 'core stop now' is executed and a channel is currently in a media operation, the translator matrix can be destroyed while a channel is currently blocked on getting the best translation choice (see ast_translator_best_choice). When the channel gets the mutex, the translation matrix now has invalid memory, and Asterisk crashes.

This patch does two things:
(1) We now only clean up the translation matrix on a graceful shutdown. In that case, there are no channels, and so there is no risk of this occurring.
(2) We also now set the __matrix and __indextable to NULL. In some initial backtraces when this occurred, it looked as if there was a memory corruption occurring, and it wasn't until we determined that something had restarted Asterisk that the issue became clear. By setting these to NULL on shutdown, it becomes a bit easier to determine why a crash is occurring.

Note that we could litter the code with NULL checks on the __matrix, but the act of making the translation matrix cleaned up on shutdown should preclude this issue from occurring in the first place, and this part of the code needs to be as fast as possible.

Review request changed
Updated (March 4, 2015, 1:25 p.m.)
  • changed from pending to submitted
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