Clojure

The locking macro fails bytecode verification on ART runtime

Details

  • Type: Defect Defect
  • Status: Open Open
  • Priority: Major Major
  • Resolution: Unresolved
  • Affects Version/s: Release 1.6
  • Fix Version/s: None
  • Component/s: None
  • Labels:
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  • Environment:
    Android ART runtime
  • Patch:
    Code
  • Approval:
    Triaged

Description

Android ART runs compile time verification on bytecode and was failing on any usage of the locking macro. Examination of the bytecode as compared to a java synchronized block shows up a number of differences:
https://gist.github.com/AdamClements/2ae6c4919964b71eb470

Having the monitor-enter inside the try block seems wrong to me, as surely if the lock fails to be acquired, it shouldn't be released with monitor-exit. Moving the monitor enter outside the try block seems to have resolved the issue and android no longer complains about usages of locking and all clojure tests still pass.

Java's generated code goes further and catches any exceptions generated by the monitor-exit itself and retries indefinitely (I believe the logic is that then at least your deadlock is in the right place, and not next time something else attempts to acquire a lock on the same object). I don't think that this can be replicated in clojure without getting down to the bytecode emitting level though and it doesn't seem to be an issue for the ART verifier.

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Adam Clements added a comment -

After using this a little more, I've found that moving this outside the try block breaks nREPL.

Looking at the bytecode, the monitorenter for the locking in clojure.tools.nrepl.middleware.session/session-out and in a few other places ends up in an entirely different method definition and we now get a JVM IllegalMonitorStateException as well as an ART verification error for this function.

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Adam Clements added a comment - After using this a little more, I've found that moving this outside the try block breaks nREPL. Looking at the bytecode, the monitorenter for the locking in clojure.tools.nrepl.middleware.session/session-out and in a few other places ends up in an entirely different method definition and we now get a JVM IllegalMonitorStateException as well as an ART verification error for this function.
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Andy Fingerhut added a comment -

Adam, I cannot comment on whether your patch is of interest or not, but it is true that no patch will be committed to Clojure if the author has not signed a Contributor Agreement, which can now be done on-line at http://clojure.org/contributing

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Andy Fingerhut added a comment - Adam, I cannot comment on whether your patch is of interest or not, but it is true that no patch will be committed to Clojure if the author has not signed a Contributor Agreement, which can now be done on-line at http://clojure.org/contributing
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Adam Clements added a comment - - edited

Uploaded a new patch (and signed the contributor agreement). This passes both the JVM and ART bytecode verification, The extra try/catch around the monitor exit is optional (verification passes with or without it) but where the java version retries monitor-exit indefinitely and shows the deadlock at the right time, without catching errors in the monitor-exit an undetermined monitor-enter in the future might fail, not showing up the actual bug.

It's not very pretty, but without finer grained control of the generated bytecode, this is the best I could do.

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Adam Clements added a comment - - edited Uploaded a new patch (and signed the contributor agreement). This passes both the JVM and ART bytecode verification, The extra try/catch around the monitor exit is optional (verification passes with or without it) but where the java version retries monitor-exit indefinitely and shows the deadlock at the right time, without catching errors in the monitor-exit an undetermined monitor-enter in the future might fail, not showing up the actual bug. It's not very pretty, but without finer grained control of the generated bytecode, this is the best I could do.

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