(current kernel: vanilla 4.14.29)

I've been running into troubles recently where a sockets "fills up" (as
in, select() will no longer return it in its outfd / attempting to write
to it after setting it to NONBLOCK will return -EWOULDBLOCK) and it
doesn't seem to ever "unfill" until the tcp connexion timeout.

The previous time I pushed it down to the application for not trying to
read the socket either as I assume the buffers could be shared and
just waiting won't take data out, but this time I'm a bit more
skeptical as socat waits for the fd in both read and write...

Let me take a minute to describe my setup, I don't think that how the
socket was created matters but it might be interesting:
 - I have two computers behind NATs, no port forwarding on either side
 - One (call it C for client) runs ssh with a proxycommand ncat/socat to
control the source port, e.g.
$ ssh -o ProxyCommand="socat stdio tcp:<server public 
ip>:<port1>,sourceport=<port2>" server
 - The server runs another socat to connect to that and forwards to ssh
locally, e.g.
$ socat tcp:<client public ip>:<port2>,sourceport=<port1> tcp:127.0.0.1:22

(yes, both are connect() calls, and that just works™ thanks to initial
syn replay and conntrack on routers)

When things stall, the first socat is in a select with both fd in
reading, so it's waiting data.
The second socat has data coming from ssh and is in a select with the
client-facing socket in both read and write - that select never returns
so the socket is not available for reading or writing and does not free
up until the connection eventually times out a few minutes later.

At this point, I only see tcp replays in tcpdump/wireshark. I've
compared dumps from both sides and there are no lost packets, only
reordering - there always is a batch of acks that were sent regularily
coming in shortly before the hang. Here's the trace on the server:

16:49:26.735042 IP <server local ip>.13317 > <client public ip>.31872: Flags 
[.], seq 70476:71850, ack 4190, win 307, options [nop,nop,TS val 1313937641 ecr 
1617129473], length 1374
16:49:26.735046 IP <server local ip>.13317 > <client public ip>.31872: Flags 
[.], seq 71850:73224, ack 4190, win 307, options [nop,nop,TS val 1313937641 ecr 
1617129473], length 1374
16:49:26.735334 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 41622, win 918, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129478 ecr 1313937609], 
length 0
16:49:26.736005 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 42996, win 940, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129478 ecr 1313937609], 
length 0
16:49:26.736402 IP <server local ip>.13317 > <client public ip>.31872: Flags 
[.], seq 73224:74598, ack 4190, win 307, options [nop,nop,TS val 1313937643 ecr 
1617129473], length 1374
16:49:26.736408 IP <server local ip>.13317 > <client public ip>.31872: Flags 
[.], seq 74598:75972, ack 4190, win 307, options [nop,nop,TS val 1313937643 ecr 
1617129473], length 1374
16:49:26.738561 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 44370, win 963, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129482 ecr 1313937616], 
length 0
16:49:26.739539 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 45744, win 986, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129482 ecr 1313937616], 
length 0
16:49:26.739882 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 47118, win 1008, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129484 ecr 1313937617], 
length 0
16:49:26.740255 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 48492, win 1031, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129484 ecr 1313937617], 
length 0
16:49:26.746756 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 49866, win 1053, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129493 ecr 1313937627], 
length 0
16:49:26.747923 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 51240, win 1076, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129494 ecr 1313937627], 
length 0
16:49:26.749083 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 52614, win 1099, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129495 ecr 1313937629], 
length 0
16:49:26.750171 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 53988, win 1121, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129496 ecr 1313937629], 
length 0
16:49:26.750808 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 55362, win 1144, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129497 ecr 1313937629], 
length 0
16:49:26.754648 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 56736, win 1167, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129500 ecr 1313937629], 
length 0
16:49:26.755985 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 58110, win 1189, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129501 ecr 1313937630], 
length 0
16:49:26.758513 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 59484, win 1212, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129502 ecr 1313937630], 
length 0
16:49:26.759096 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 60858, win 1234, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129503 ecr 1313937635], 
length 0
16:49:26.759421 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 62232, win 1257, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129503 ecr 1313937635], 
length 0
16:49:26.759755 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 63606, win 1280, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129504 ecr 1313937636], 
length 0
16:49:26.760653 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 64980, win 1302, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129505 ecr 1313937636], 
length 0
16:49:26.761453 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 66354, win 1325, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129506 ecr 1313937638], 
length 0
16:49:26.762199 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 67728, win 1348, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129507 ecr 1313937638], 
length 0
16:49:26.763547 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[P.], seq 4190:4226, ack 67728, win 1348, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129507 
ecr 1313937638], length 36
16:49:26.763553 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 70476, win 1393, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129508 ecr 1313937639], 
length 0
16:49:26.764298 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 73224, win 1438, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129509 ecr 1313937641], 
length 0
16:49:26.764676 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 75972, win 1444, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129510 ecr 1313937643], 
length 0
16:49:26.807754 IP <server local ip>.13317 > <client public ip>.31872: Flags 
[.], seq 75972:77346, ack 4190, win 307, options [nop,nop,TS val 1313937714 ecr 
1617129473], length 1374
16:49:26.876467 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 77346, win 1444, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129620 ecr 1313937714], 
length 0
16:49:27.048760 IP <server local ip>.13317 > <client public ip>.31872: Flags 
[.], seq 32004:33378, ack 4190, win 307, options [nop,nop,TS val 1313937955 ecr 
1617129473], length 1374
16:49:27.051791 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[P.], seq 4190:4226, ack 77346, win 1444, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129762 
ecr 1313937714], length 36
16:49:27.076444 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 77346, win 1444, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617129822 ecr 
1313937714,nop,nop,sack 1 {32004:33378}], length 0
16:49:27.371182 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[P.], seq 4190:4226, ack 77346, win 1444, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617130018 
ecr 1313937714], length 36
16:49:27.519862 IP <server local ip>.13317 > <client public ip>.31872: Flags 
[.], seq 32004:33378, ack 4190, win 307, options [nop,nop,TS val 1313938426 ecr 
1617129473], length 1374
16:49:27.547662 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 77346, win 1444, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617130293 ecr 
1313937714,nop,nop,sack 1 {32004:33378}], length 0
16:49:27.883372 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[P.], seq 4190:4226, ack 77346, win 1444, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617130530 
ecr 1313937714], length 36
16:49:28.511861 IP <server local ip>.13317 > <client public ip>.31872: Flags 
[.], seq 32004:33378, ack 4190, win 307, options [nop,nop,TS val 1313939418 ecr 
1617129473], length 1374
16:49:28.538891 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 77346, win 1444, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617131285 ecr 
1313937714,nop,nop,sack 1 {32004:33378}], length 0
16:49:28.907197 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[P.], seq 4190:4226, ack 77346, win 1444, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617131554 
ecr 1313937714], length 36
16:49:30.431864 IP <server local ip>.13317 > <client public ip>.31872: Flags 
[.], seq 32004:33378, ack 4190, win 307, options [nop,nop,TS val 1313941338 ecr 
1617129473], length 1374
16:49:30.459127 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 77346, win 1444, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617133204 ecr 
1313937714,nop,nop,sack 1 {32004:33378}], length 0
16:49:30.955388 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[P.], seq 4190:4226, ack 77346, win 1444, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617133602 
ecr 1313937714], length 36
16:49:34.207879 IP <server local ip>.13317 > <client public ip>.31872: Flags 
[.], seq 32004:33378, ack 4190, win 307, options [nop,nop,TS val 1313945114 ecr 
1617129473], length 1374
16:49:34.235726 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 77346, win 1444, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617136981 ecr 
1313937714,nop,nop,sack 1 {32004:33378}], length 0
16:49:35.256285 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[P.], seq 4190:4226, ack 77346, win 1444, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617137954 
ecr 1313937714], length 36
16:49:42.143864 IP <server local ip>.13317 > <client public ip>.31872: Flags 
[.], seq 32004:33378, ack 4190, win 307, options [nop,nop,TS val 1313953050 ecr 
1617129473], length 1374
16:49:42.171531 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[.], ack 77346, win 1444, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617144917 ecr 
1313937714,nop,nop,sack 1 {32004:33378}], length 0
16:49:43.448262 IP <client public ip>.31872 > <server local ip>.13317: Flags 
[P.], seq 4190:4226, ack 77346, win 1444, options [nop,nop,TS val 1617146146 
ecr 1313937714], length 36

(I still have the pcap files if someone wants to see them, but I'd
rather not give my work IP publicly so will send it privately on
request)


At this point, only the same 3 packets keep being replayed over and
over... According to 'ss' the Send-Q isn't empty on either side, the
client has some ~1k to send but the server has much more (87k)
After increasing the window size through net.*wmem sysctl it got stuck
with over 1MB in Send-Q, which makes sense because the socket is full...


So, what I don't get is, why are these acks continuously replayed? Given
the timing it looks like the server doesn't take the client acks into
account, despite having received that precise 33378 ack earlier and I
believe it should accept a higher ack value anyway ?

The ultimate question being, how can I go about debugging that?
I'm working on getting perf probe/crash to work on the server so I can
look at the kernel side now, I can reproduce this semi-easily so I'm
sure I'll get down to it eventually, but if anyone has an idea I'm all
ears.


Thanks!
-- 
Dominique Martinet | Asmadeus

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