[Samba] Runaway samba processes

Phil Chambers P.A.Chambers at exeter.ac.uk
Tue Oct 15 16:35:02 GMT 2002

On Tue, 15 Oct 2002 16:28:42 +0100 Robert Euston <robert at euston.fslife.co.uk> wrote:

> Hi,
> I need some help!
> We have Samba 2.2.5 running on AIX 4.3.3. The server is a very heavy 
> duty server, and has 3 main shares, which are very large.
> The problem is that after a few days of running, the server suddenly 
> stops killing off newly spawned smbd processes. They do not die, even 
> when the original smbd process is killed. They will respond to a kill 
> -9, but killing off the main PID does not kill the runaway children. 
> (Instead, their PPID goes to 1 )
> Killing off all the smbd processes with kill -9, and restarting the 
> daemon fixes the problem.
> This really isn't acceptable. The only thing I can see in the log is 
> that there is rogue machine doing connects with a bad userid/password 
> pair. This is occuring in the log every second or so. The problem here 
> is that we are running at a high debug level, and the log is overwritten 
> within minutes due to this problem.
> At the moment I am running a test to see if I can reliably reproduce the 
> problem by replicating the rogue login attempts on a test box. There's 
> another test in the pipeline to save a log file large enough to record 
> when it starts so we have more of an idea whats going on, as the logs 
> written after the processes start running away aren't much help.
> Thoughts :
> It could be that samba isn't closing the socket properly. This fits, if 
> the process is waiting for the socket to close, but it stays open 
> (deadlocked condition?). Why this might be, I can only guess. I've 
> proved that it works again on the same machine after killing off the 
> runaways, so it does not appear to be an environment issue.
> It might be a problem with AIX and Samba under certain conditions.
> A Memory leak maybe?

I'm curious to see if this is in any way related to a problem we have.  Are the 
ruaway processes using cpu or are they completely idle?  We have a problem with smbd 
getting into a loop and consuming cpu.  We do also see processes which do not get 
closed down, but it is just odd processes and I think they will kill with just a 

Phil Chambers (postmaster at exeter.ac.uk)
University of Exeter

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