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Title: subprocess.Popen() leaks cwd in case of uid/gid overflow
Type: resource usage Stage: commit review
Components: Extension Modules Versions: Python 3.10, Python 3.9
Status: closed Resolution: fixed
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: izbyshev Nosy List: gregory.p.smith, izbyshev, miss-islington, patrick.mclean
Priority: normal Keywords: 3.9regression, patch

Created on 2020-10-25 12:30 by izbyshev, last changed 2022-04-11 14:59 by admin. This issue is now closed.

Pull Requests
URL Status Linked Edit
PR 22966 merged izbyshev, 2020-10-25 12:34
PR 22970 merged izbyshev, 2020-10-25 14:16
PR 22980 merged miss-islington, 2020-10-26 00:09
Messages (6)
msg379575 - (view) Author: Alexey Izbyshev (izbyshev) * (Python triager) Date: 2020-10-25 12:30
The following test demonstrates the leak:

import subprocess

cwd = 'x' * 10**6
for __ in range(100):
    try:['/xxx'], cwd=cwd, user=2**64)
    except OverflowError:

from resource import *

The leak was introduced by bpo-36046. Previously, `cleanup:` label was not reachable after `cwd_obj2` was initialized at

I'll submit a PR with a simple fix suitable for backporting to 3.9.

Also, I think it might make sense to unify the two almost-identical cleanup paths we have now. I'll follow up with another PR.
msg379579 - (view) Author: Alexey Izbyshev (izbyshev) * (Python triager) Date: 2020-10-25 14:25
I've submitted both PRs.

Regarding PR 22970:

* I made it a draft since we'd probably want to fix the leak first, but then it will have to be rebased. 

* It fixes a bug with _enable_gc(): if it failed after fork(), we'd raise OSError instead. Additionally, if fork() succeeded(), the errno inside OSError would be zero, and we'd leak the child process.
msg379623 - (view) Author: Gregory P. Smith (gregory.p.smith) * (Python committer) Date: 2020-10-26 00:09
New changeset c0590c0033e86f98cdf5f2ca6898656f98ab4053 by Alexey Izbyshev in branch 'master':
bpo-42146: Fix memory leak in subprocess.Popen() in case of uid/gid overflow (GH-22966)
msg379626 - (view) Author: miss-islington (miss-islington) Date: 2020-10-26 00:34
New changeset c12afa92b0db6f017e479b41f95d75bac7b59850 by Miss Skeleton (bot) in branch '3.9':
[3.9] bpo-42146: Fix memory leak in subprocess.Popen() in case of uid/gid overflow (GH-22966) (GH-22980)
msg379646 - (view) Author: Alexey Izbyshev (izbyshev) * (Python triager) Date: 2020-10-26 07:28
Thanks for merging! I've rebased PR 22970.
msg380116 - (view) Author: Gregory P. Smith (gregory.p.smith) * (Python committer) Date: 2020-11-01 05:33
New changeset d3b4e068077dd26927ae7485bd0303e09d962c02 by Alexey Izbyshev in branch 'master':
bpo-42146: Unify cleanup in subprocess_fork_exec() (GH-22970)
Date User Action Args
2022-04-11 14:59:37adminsetgithub: 86312
2020-11-01 05:36:27gregory.p.smithsetstatus: open -> closed
resolution: fixed
stage: patch review -> commit review
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2020-10-26 07:28:19izbyshevsetmessages: + msg379646
2020-10-26 00:34:36miss-islingtonsetmessages: + msg379626
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2020-10-26 00:09:40gregory.p.smithsetmessages: + msg379623
2020-10-25 14:33:39izbyshevsettype: behavior -> resource usage
2020-10-25 14:28:32izbyshevsetkeywords: + patch
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2020-10-25 14:25:42izbyshevsetkeywords: - patch

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2020-10-25 12:34:55izbyshevsetkeywords: + patch
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2020-10-25 12:30:55izbyshevcreate