[Bro] out of memory after a couple days?

Gary Faulkner gary at doit.wisc.edu
Wed Dec 11 20:34:08 PST 2013

I came across BIT-1103 regarding a memory leak affecting Bro 2.2 in JIRA 
which appears to have been resolved recently. Any chance that ticket and 
fix has relevance to the discussion from last week concerning gradual 
memory exhaustion in Bro 2.2?


On 12/4/2013 10:31 PM, Seth Hall wrote:
> On Dec 4, 2013, at 10:34 PM, Mike Patterson <mike.patterson at uwaterloo.ca> wrote:
>> I think you’re definitely running into a memory leak. I’ve had 2.2 processes try to grab up to 100GB of RAM. 8 workers, 96GB of RAM, but the box splits time with another 8 snort workers. My late 2.1 release (september 21 IIRC) was quite a bit more stable.
> I think there is some particular traffic that you guys are running into that's causing it.  A few other people have encountered that too but we haven't been able to nail down what it is yet.
>    .Seth
> --
> Seth Hall
> International Computer Science Institute
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Gary Faulkner
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