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Bug #80546 Persistent connections appear open despite being closed
Submitted: 2020-12-22 21:17 UTC Modified: 2021-06-09 14:09 UTC
From: jeremys at ha dot com Assigned:
Status: Open Package: PDO DBlib
PHP Version: 7.3.25 OS: RHEL 7.8
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2020-12-22 21:17 UTC] jeremys at ha dot com
Because PHP_DBLIB doesn't implement pdo_dbh_check_liveness_func (its value is null, which is "equivalent to returning SUCCESS"), when instantiating a new PDO object using persistent connections with dblib, if the connection dies, PHP is not aware of it and any subsequent queries using the connection fail with "DBPROCESS is dead or not enabled".

pdo_dbh_check_liveness_func definition:

pdo_dblib's implementation:

In this specific example, a Microsoft SQL Server is used to simulate a connection timeout using the WAITFOR DELAY query (which causes the connection to be considered dead by dblib). Connection is made using FreeTDS 1.1.x.

Based on the source, seems to be an issue in PHP 8 as well.

Test script:
for( $i = 0; $i <= 1; $i++ )
    $pdo = new PDO( 'dblib:dbname=northwinds;host=contoso', 'username', 'password', [
        PDO::ATTR_PERSISTENT => false,
        PDO::ATTR_TIMEOUT    => 5
    ] );
        if( $i == 0 )
            $pdo->query( "WAITFOR DELAY '00:00:10'" );
        var_dump( $pdo->query( "SELECT 'output' AS Output" )->fetch( PDO::FETCH_ASSOC )['Output'] );
    catch( Throwable $e )
        var_dump( stripos( $pdo->errorInfo()[2], 'DBPROCESS is dead or not enabled' ) === 0 );
    $pdo = null;

Expected result:
string(6) "output"

Actual result:


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 [2020-12-23 15:57 UTC] jeremys at ha dot com
Total copy/paste error on my part, PDO::ATTR_PERSISTENT should be set to true in the test script.
 [2021-06-09 14:09 UTC]
Right, if check_liveness is (properly) implemented by the driver,
all is good.  This is basically the same issue as bug #64603
(which is about PDO_Firebird).

However, apparently PDO doesn't require drivers to implement that
method, so I wonder whether the respective code for persistent
connections[1] shouldn't be generally changed:

    if (!pdbh->methods->check_liveness || FAILURE == (pdbh->methods->check_liveness)(pdbh)) {

In words, if check_liveness is not implemented, assume the
connection to be dead.

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