nntp with inn2-ssl, reply post to news is successful but thunderbird hangs in compose window



14 years ago
8 years ago


(Reporter: Romain DEGEZ, Assigned: Scott MacGregor)


({hang, regression})

hang, regression

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14 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040719 Firefox/0.9.1
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040719 Firefox/0.9.1

When replying to a post on a newsgroup located on a inn2-ssl news server.
(so we are using thunderbird news client with ssl :-), the compose window hang
when sending the reply.

In the case of a normal post, everything is fine.

The problem is the same with or without authentication.

It's working fine with thunderbird 0.6

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Configure your news account to use ssl
2.post a message to a newsgroups
3.reply to this message

Actual Results:  
The window 'Sending Messages - Re: test' pop-up displaying :
Status: Posting message...
Progress: (0%, no progress ;-)
and the cancel button

I can cancel the window but the message isn't gone.

Expected Results:  
The reply should have been posted on the news server.

Package: mozilla-thunderbird
Priority: optional
Section: mail
Installed-Size: 32092
Maintainer: Alexander Sack <asac@jwsdot.com>
Architecture: i386
Version: 0.7.1-3


Package: mozilla-thunderbird-enigmail
Priority: optional
Section: mail
Installed-Size: 1028
Maintainer: Alexander Sack <asac@jwsdot.com>
Architecture: i386
Source: enigmail
Version: 2:0.84.2-2

Debian unstable 2.6.6-1-686

Comment 1

14 years ago
This seems to be related to bug 247226 <a
href="http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=247226">. However, in my
experience, TB times out most of the time (but not "all" the time) when making a
new post to a newsgroup over SSL, not just when replying to an existing post.
I'm using the 24-08-04 build and the problem remains (as well as it 0.7.3).

Please is it possible to fix? It makes TB unusable for those of us who have to
post to newsgroups over SSL (such as corporate newsgroups). Thanks!

Comment 2

14 years ago
I experienced this problem as well. It seems the SSL implementation of INN
doesn't play well with NSS. If I setup connections (on the server side) to go
through stunnel instead it all works perfect.

Comment 3

13 years ago
Hi all!

This is still happening in TB 1.0.2. The version of inn2-ssl is 2.4.2. It
happens both with linux/windows TB.

Nate, can you explain how you use use stunnel with inetd to workaround the bug?


Comment 4

13 years ago
I'll reply myself:

nntps stream tcp nowait root /usr/sbin/stunnel stunnel -r localhost:nntp

This is, inn2 is running localy in daemon mode, we just forward traffic using an
encripted connection. Cert and key at /etc/ssl/certs/stunnel.pem (Debian Woody).

This way TB works OK!
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Comment 7

12 years ago
this is still an issue in the latest version of thunderbird ( Is someone going to look into this ever?

Comment 8

12 years ago
according to comment 0, this is a regression - worked in TB 0.6 !
setting bug 247226 as possible blocker

bug 307531 and bug 345358 also document posting issues
Severity: major → critical
Depends on: 247226
Keywords: hang, regression
OS: Linux → All
Hardware: PC → All
Resolution: EXPIRED → ---
Summary: When using nntp with inn2-ssl, thunderbird 0.7.1 hang when replying to a news but everything is fine with a simple post → nntp with inn2-ssl, reply post to news is successful but thunderbird hangs in compose window
Version: unspecified → 0.9
QA Contact: general

Comment 9

11 years ago
was previously expired and now no response so closing incomplete.
Carlos, if you still see this in v2 please reopen the bug.
Last Resolved: 13 years ago11 years ago
Resolution: --- → INCOMPLETE

Comment 10

11 years ago
The bug is still present in Thunderbird v2 (and by the way also in SeaMonkey).
As I tell in bug 247226, is it possible to know what patch caused this regression?
Indeed, Thunderbird 0.6 is the last version which is working fine as for this
issue. In the release notes of Thunderbird 0.7, there is a bug fix for "a
potential hang when reading imap over SSL". Could that fix bring along the nntp
over SSL bug?

I believe it would be a good start to understand the problem and what is going

Comment 11

8 years ago
It appeared to be a bug in INN (a news server).  Fixed in INN 2.4.5:

* Fixed the "alarm signal" around SSL_read in nnrpd: it allows a proper disconnection of news clients which were previously hanging when posting an article through a SSL connection. Moreover, the clienttimeout parameter now works on SSL connections. Thanks to Matija Nalis for the patch.

* SO_KEEPALIVE is now implemented for SSL TCP connections on systems which support it, allowing system detection and closing the dead TCP SSL connections automatically after system-specified time. Thanks to Matija Nalis for the patch.
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