Hi Manos,

On 2/10/09 6:30 PM, "Manos Kapritsos" <ma...@cs.utexas.edu> wrote:

> You are right about the getData, and it was probably a wrong choice.
> Both the getData and getChildren have an extra ACL check in the
> FinalRequestProcessor. My question is pretty much this: shouldn't the
> other request types have such a check as well? What if client B has
> issued a setData()? setData is only ACL-checked in PrepRequestProcessor,
> so it may be the case that it succeeds, while client A's the setAcl()
> has been ordered to be executed first.
In this case both the setdata and setacl will go through the
preprequestporcesssor. Remember that all the updates are ordered in

Lets say this is the order:
Setdata by client B and then setACl by client A.
In this case, 
The data will be set by client B and then the acl will change by client A.

In the other case :
Setacl by client A and setdata by clientB

The account of acl being changed by client A is kept in memory at
preprequestporcessor, so the next request by clientB to setdata will fail
since the acl is expected to be changed by clientA.

> It seems that an ACL check at the FinalRequestProcessor for most request
> types would solve this issue. As it is there only for getData and
> getChildren, I wonder why that is and if scenarios as the one above are
> considered important.
The above explanation should answer this.

> By the way, does Zookeeper require clients to wait for the reply for
> setAcl()? If not, then the "single client, single server" model would
> face the problem even more obviously.
Sorry, I didn't understand this. Whats your reasoning behind this?

> Thank you for the replies,
> Manos
> Benjamin Reed wrote:
>> Manos,
>> in your scenario the getData will not succeed. the acl will be checked in the
>> FinalRequestProcessor after the setAcl has passed through the final request
>> processor. execution only happens in the final request processor and always
>> happens in order.
>> the only way a getData will succeed after a setAcl succeeds if it is done on
>> a lagging follower, but in that case it will see a lagging view of the
>> system. consider the following:
>> /foo has an open ACL
>> client A: setAcl("/foo", restricted ACL); setData("/foo", new data);
>> client B: getData("/foo");
>> no matter what happens, what the delays are, if B is faster or slower than A,
>> client B will not see "new data". it will either pass the ACL check and see
>> the old data or it will fail with a permission exception.
>> ben
>> ________________________________________
>> From: Manos Kapritsos [ma...@cs.utexas.edu]
>> Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 4:34 PM
>> To: zookeeper-dev@hadoop.apache.org
>> Subject: Re: setACL semantics
>> More or less, yes.
>> If the requests are from the same client, then you say that there will
>> not be a problem? I guess that is true if you always wait for the
>> response of the first request in order to execute the second. I am not
>> sure if that is a requirement for all Zookeeper client implementations.
>> As for two different clients (which was the case I was thinking about),
>> this seems to be a problem. I will agree that (if clients only have one
>> outstanding request) the two requests are concurrent and either order of
>> execution is considered to be acceptable, but it could be that two
>> different replicas receive the two requests in the same order, but
>> effectively execute them in a different order. In any case, it feels
>> wrong (at least to me) that a getData would succeed when a setACL that
>> prevents it has already been accepted to be processed.
>> Manos
>> Mahadev Konar wrote:
>>> Hi Manos,
>>>  If the setAcl and getdata are from the same client then they are all
>>> handled in order. So you would get an unauthroized exception when you do a
>>> getdata.
>>> If two diff clients do setacl and getdata it might be that the getdata in
>>> your case will succeed before the setacl returns on the first client.
>>> Is that what you meant?
>>> mahadev
>>> On 2/10/09 2:15 PM, "Manos Kapritsos" <ma...@cs.utexas.edu> wrote:
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> I have a question about the way setACL functions. It seems that the
>>>> PreRequestProcessor handles all kinds of requests the same, checks the
>>>> validity of the corresponding ACL, and enqueues them to Sync and Final
>>>> processors. Maybe I am missing something here, but this behaviour seems
>>>> weird. What if a setACL request comes, setting the ACL of a path (e.g. /
>>>> ) to an IP (e.g. , instead of its old value (e.g. World).
>>>> This request will pass the ACL check, and will be enqueued to be
>>>> processed by the next processors. Assume that the next request is a
>>>> getData("/") from an IP other than If this request is
>>>> processed by the PreRequestProcessor before the setACL request is
>>>> processed by the FinalRequestProcessor, then it will pass the ACL check
>>>> (which it should not, since it came after the setACL request). It seems
>>>> that there is a race condition here that should not exist.
>>>> Let me know if this is actually the case or I am missing something. I am
>>>> using version 3.0.1 of the code.
>>>> Thank you,
>>>> Manos

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