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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Memory leak in WAS 8.5.x J2C PoolManager
23 April 2014
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: IBM WebSphere Application Server
Operating System: z/OS
Impact/Access: Denial of Service -- Remote/Unauthenticated
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Memory leak in WAS 8.5.x J2C PoolManager
More support for:
WebSphere Application Server
Out of Memory
AIX, HP-UX, IBM i, Linux, Mac OS, Solaris, Windows, i5/OS, z/OS
High Garbage Collection overhead and possible Out Of Memory condition when
using the MQ JMS Resource adapter on WebSphere Application Server V8.5.x
A memory leak in the J2C PoolManager can potentially lead to an OutOfMemory
Symptoms may include high CPU usage and the following FFDC:
SourceId:com.ibm.ejs.j2c.PoolManager$2 ProbeId:50 Reporter:com.ibm.ejs.j2c.PoolManager$@ab1234ef
java.lang.Exception: WSThreadLocal: instance count = 200 ; potential memory leak; verify usage.
Heapanalyzer might show a leak suspect with a stack trace similar to this:
A Linked List Data Structure Detected.
1,981,662,352 bytes (47.28 %) of Java heap is used by 44 instances of java/util/concurrent/ConcurrentSkipListMap$Index
Contains the following object:- 44 instances of java/util/concurrent/ConcurrentSkipListMap$Node holding 5,366,608 bytes
TotalSize [ObjectSize] NumberOfChildObject(249,874) ObjectName Address
|- 1,981,966,928  1 java/util/concurrent/ConcurrentSkipListMap$HeadIndex 0xf7766298
|- 1,981,966,904  2 java/util/concurrent/ConcurrentSkipListMap$HeadIndex 0xf180b1b8
|- 1,981,966,544  3 java/util/concurrent/ConcurrentSkipListMap$Index 0xffa75200
|- 1,453,166,232  3 java/util/concurrent/ConcurrentSkipListMap$Index 0xffa751e8
|- 528,679,664  3 java/util/concurrent/ConcurrentSkipListMap$Index 0x1055a3258
|- 120,624  3 java/util/concurrent/ConcurrentSkipListMap
This memory leak specifically manifests itself when applications use the JMS
Queue Connection Factory where each JMS Managed Connection has an associated
JMS Connection pool and JMS Session pool. When the Managed connection is
destroyed due to unused or aged timeouts or the connection is stale, then the
associated JMS Session pool will be stopped/destroyed and the reaper alarms
associated with the PoolManager should also be cancelled.
The Session pool is being stopped, however, the PoolManager instances
registered in the alarms never get destroyed and the alarms are repeatedly
created and cancelled for every reap cycle. This causes the PoolManager
objects and its associated reaper alarm objects to stay on the heap forever,
potentially leading to OOM conditions.
This memory leak problem is addressed by APAR PI14746 which is targetted for
inclusion in WebSphere Application Server fixpack v220.127.116.11.
Cross reference information
Segment Product Platform Version
Application Servers WebSphere Application Server for z/OS z/OS 8.5.5, 8.5
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