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From "Ariel Weisberg (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CASSANDRA-10789) Allow DBAs to kill individual client sessions from certain IP(s) and temporarily block subsequent connections without bouncing JVM
Date Thu, 10 May 2018 15:20:00 GMT


Ariel Weisberg commented on CASSANDRA-10789:

bq. The use case here is for operator's diagnosing client issues and cluster recovery. 
Thanks Kurt. It makes more sense with that context.

> Allow DBAs to kill individual client sessions from certain IP(s) and temporarily block
subsequent connections without bouncing JVM
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-10789
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Coordination
>            Reporter: Wei Deng
>            Assignee: Damien Stevenson
>            Priority: Major
>             Fix For: 4.x
>         Attachments: 10789-trunk-dtest.txt, 10789-trunk.txt
> In production, there could be hundreds of clients connected to a Cassandra cluster (maybe
even from different applications), and if they use DataStax Java Driver, each client will
establish at least one TCP connection to a Cassandra server (see
This is all normal and at any given time, you can indeed see hundreds of ESTABLISHED connections
to port 9042 on a C* server (from netstat -na). The problem is that sometimes when a C* cluster
is under heavy load, when the DBA identifies some client session that sends abusive amount
of traffic to the C* server and would like to stop it, they would like a lightweight approach
rather than shutting down the JVM or rolling restart the whole cluster to kill all hundreds
of connections in order to kill a single client session. If the DBA had root privilege, they
would have been able to do something at the OS network level to achieve the same goal but
oftentimes enterprise DBA role is separate from OS sysadmin role, so the DBAs usually don't
have that privilege.
> This is especially helpful when you have a multi-tenant C* cluster and you want to have
the impact for handling such client to be minimal to the other applications. This feature
(killing individual session) seems to be a common feature in other databases (regardless of
whether the client has some reconnect logic or not). It could be implemented as a JMX MBean
method and exposed through nodetool to the DBAs.
> Note due to CQL driver's automated reconnection, simply killing the currently connected
client session will not work well, so the JMX parameter should be an IP address or a list
of IP addresses, so that the Cassandra server can terminate existing connection with that
IP, and block future connection attempts from that IP for the remaining time until the JVM
is restarted.

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