I run an Apache2 server which uses the Shibboleth daemon (shibd) as federated authentication module. Certain server connections using Shibboleth seem to stick permanently in CLOSE_WAIT state.
tcp 38 0 blah.blah:57346 shib.server.:8443 CLOSE_WAIT tcp 38 0 blah.blah:45601 shib.server2:8443 CLOSE_WAIT tcp 38 0 blah.blah:41737 shib.server3:5057 CLOSE_WAIT
From what I can find out, CLOSE_WAIT means that when the remote server disconnects, the local application is failing to close the connection, as it should. I suspect shibd is responsible somehow.
Needless to say, if enough CLOSE_WAIT connections accumulate, I have a problem.
Trying to get rid of the CLOSE_WAIT connections by simply using
does not work. In fact networking seems to refuse to close down and restart, and I get a SIOCADDRT: File exists error (ie networking is trying to start without having stopped first). Same problem with ifup -a
So I have two questions - one may be easy, and one harder.
- What's a good way to force networking to restart, and force whatever connections are stuck in CLOSE_WAIT to clear?
- Any ideas about how to fix shibboleth and force shibd module to behave?