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Bug #26475 Memory leaking with sockets
Submitted: 2003-11-30 15:56 UTC Modified: 2003-12-01 03:56 UTC
From: ipa at beta dot lt Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Sockets related
PHP Version: 4.3.4 OS: Linux/FreeBSD
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2003-11-30 15:56 UTC] ipa at beta dot lt
Sockets' socket_read() left 8 bytes in memory.

Example configure:
'./configure' '--enable-versioning' '--enable-memory-limit' '--with-layout=GNU' '--with-zlib-dir=/usr' '--disable-all' '--with-regex=php' '--disable-cli' '--enable-ctype' '--with-dom=/usr/local' '--with-gd' '--enable-gd-native-ttf' '--enable-gd-jis-conv' '--with-freetype-dir=/usr/local' '--with-jpeg-dir=/usr/local' '--with-png-dir=/usr/local' '--with-xpm-dir=/usr/local' '--with-mysql=/usr/local' '--enable-overload' '--with-pcre-regex=yes' '--enable-posix' '--enable-session' '--enable-sockets' '--enable-tokenizer' '--with-expat-dir=/usr/local' '--enable-xml' '--with-zlib=yes' '--with-apxs2=/usr/local/sbin/apxs' '--with-imap=/usr/local' '--with-imap-ssl=/usr/local' '--prefix=/usr/local' 'i386-portbld-freebsd4.8'

but reproducable on linux too.

Reproduce code:
function foo(){
	$socket = socket_create (AF_INET, SOCK_STREAM, 0); 
	$result = socket_connect ($socket, gethostbyname (''), 80); 
	$in = "HEAD / HTTP/1.0\r\n\r\n";
	socket_write ($socket, $in, strlen ($in)); 
	while ($out = socket_read ($socket, 2048)) { /* .. */ }
	socket_close ($socket);

echo memory_get_usage() . "<br>";
echo memory_get_usage() . "<br>";
echo memory_get_usage() . "<br>";

Expected result:
xxxxx bytes.
xxxxx bytes.
xxxxx bytes.

Actual result:
xxxxx bytes.
xxxxx + 8 bytes.
xxxxx + 16 bytes.
xxxxx + (n * 8) bytes.


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 [2003-12-01 02:13 UTC]
Thank you for taking the time to write to us, but this is not
a bug. Please double-check the documentation available at and the instructions on how to report
a bug at

This is by design. Memory used by resources is freed in the request shutdown.

 [2003-12-01 03:26 UTC] ipa at beta dot lt
Hm. as i understand it's not possible to write long-running socket server ? because after ~1 mln recieved connections it'll rich all 8 MB memory limit??
 [2003-12-01 03:56 UTC]
Nope, it doesn't do that. Sniper was slightly wrong. If you do a socket_close it should clean up the resource, and it also does that. What you see here is most likely some of the performance tweaks in PHP. If you keep doing this in a loop you'll see that there is an upper limit on this.
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