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From "Sylvain Lebresne (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CASSANDRA-9530) SSTable corruption can trigger OOM
Date Tue, 02 Jun 2015 13:25:17 GMT
Sylvain Lebresne created CASSANDRA-9530:

             Summary: SSTable corruption can trigger OOM
                 Key: CASSANDRA-9530
             Project: Cassandra
          Issue Type: Bug
            Reporter: Sylvain Lebresne
            Priority: Minor

If a sstable is corrupted so that the length of a given is bogus, we'll still happily try
to allocate a buffer of that bogus size to read the value, which can easily lead to an OOM.

We should probably protect against this. In practice, a given value can be so big since it's
limited by the protocol frame size in the first place. Maybe we could add a max_value_size_in_mb
setting and we'd considered a sstable corrupted if it was containing a value bigger than that.

I'll note that this ticket would be a good occasion to improve {{BlacklistingCompactionsTest}}.
Typically, it currently generate empty values which makes it pretty much impossible to get
the problem described here. And as described in CASSANDRA-9478, it also doesn't test properly
for thing like early opening of compaction results. We could try to randomize as much of the
parameters of this test as possible to make it more likely to catch any type of corruption
that could happen.

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