JDK-8072147 : Preloading libjsig.dylib causes deadlock when signal() is called
  • Type: Bug
  • Component: hotspot
  • Sub-Component: runtime
  • Affected Version: 8u31,9
  • Priority: P3
  • Status: Resolved
  • Resolution: Fixed
  • Submitted: 2015-02-02
  • Updated: 2015-11-23
  • Resolved: 2015-07-01
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According to Oracle's document:

Applications need to preload libjsig library to enable signal chaining. However, after libjsig.dylib is preloaded, any call from native code to signal() causes a deadlock.

Suggested note: Applications need to preload the libjsig library to enable signal chaining. Previously, on OS X, after libjsig.dylib was preloaded, any call from native code to signal() caused a deadlock. This has been fixed

Deadlock happens because OS X c runtime implements signal() by calling sigaction() (instead of an internal name like __sigaction()). So the sigaction() resolves back to libjsig, and we deadlock, because we are clearly not reentrant. Example hang: User stack: __psynch_mutexwait (in libsystem_kernel.dylib) + 10 (0x7fff86b8b166) signal_lock (in libjsig.dylib) + 19 (0x1072fb5e3) sigaction (in libjsig.dylib) + 24 (0x1072fba08) signal__ (in libsystem_c.dylib) + 77 (0x7fff8b70319b) call_os_signal (in libjsig.dylib) + 180 (0x1072fb6f4) set_signal (in libjsig.dylib) + 279 (0x1072fb8a7) signal (in libjsig.dylib) + 39 (0x1072fb8f7) 0x00000001071f3c7f (in cp) + 643 (0x1071f3c7f) start (in libdyld.dylib) + 1 (0x7fff858a25c9) 0x00000004 (in cp) (0x4) In other words, this single thread is "deadlocking" with itself. It has already taken the lock in signal() and then is trying to recursively retake the lock in sigaction(). As it is not a recursive lock (nor should it be), we deadlock. Can be reproduced easily with any executable that calls signal(): === DYLD_FORCE_FLAT_NAMESPACE=0 DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES="/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.0_25.jdk/Contents/Home/jre/lib/libjsig.dylib" cp -f testfile testfile ===