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Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2021 14:47:49 +0000
From: "Nieminen, Jussi" <>
To: "" <>
Subject: Bug in getaddrinfo causing spurious returns with wrong error values


I'm a developer from the performance monitoring company Dynatrace, and I've been
recently investigating curious problems at our customers' environments where a
call to musl's getaddrinfo appears to spuriously return ENOENT when called from
a node.js application that is being monitored with the Dynatrace agent.

I managed to pinpoint the problem to the code that performs the AI_ADDRCONFIG
check. If an address family that is not enabled on the host is specified, a call
to "connect" in that code fails, the socket fd is closed, and the value of
"errno" is then evaluated.

The problem is that the call to "close" can change the value of errno, which
will break the switch-case that follows it. Especially if aio is used (which is
the case when the Dynatrace agent is included in the application), the call to
close will end up setting errno to ENOENT by default (even without a failure)
within the "aio_cancel" function if an aio operation is active. In such a case
getaddrinfo will then incorrectly return EAI_SYSTEM with errno set to ENOENT.

(After some error code translations within libuv, node.js will then print an
error message claiming that getaddrinfo failed with ENOENT which is rather

Even if aio is not used, the code might fail whenever "close" gets interrupted
and returns with errno set to EINTR. As the return value of close is not
checked, the errno might thus "silently" change before getting evaluated with
the assumption that it still contains the value set when "connect" failed.

Below is a simple patch that should take care of this problem. Let me know if I
can provide any more information or if there is anything else I can help with.


diff --git a/src/network/getaddrinfo.c b/src/network/getaddrinfo.c
index efaab306..71809856 100644
--- a/src/network/getaddrinfo.c
+++ b/src/network/getaddrinfo.c
@@ -16,6 +16,7 @@ int getaddrinfo(const char *restrict host, const char *restrict serv, const stru
        char canon[256], *outcanon;
        int nservs, naddrs, nais, canon_len, i, j, k;
        int family = AF_UNSPEC, flags = 0, proto = 0, socktype = 0;
+       int saved_errno = 0;
        struct aibuf *out;

        if (!host && !serv) return EAI_NONAME;
@@ -66,11 +67,14 @@ int getaddrinfo(const char *restrict host, const char *restrict serv, const stru
                                        PTHREAD_CANCEL_DISABLE, &cs);
                                int r = connect(s, ta[i], tl[i]);
+                               /* The call to "close" might change errno, especially if aio is in use;
+                                * save the value set by "connect" for the later comparison. */
+                               if (r < 0) saved_errno = errno;
                                pthread_setcancelstate(cs, 0);
                                if (!r) continue;
-                       switch (errno) {
+                       switch (saved_errno) {
                        case EADDRNOTAVAIL:
                        case EAFNOSUPPORT:
                        case EHOSTUNREACH:

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