Commit ea7b9c02 authored by David Fifield's avatar David Fifield
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Wait briefly after calling ListenAndServe{TLS} to see if it errors.

This is a port of commit e3f3054f8b74caa639a6d9be09702693af9a70e7 from

In the previous commit, we changed from separate Listen and Serve steps
to always calling ListenAndServe. However, we would really like to
immediately get feedback if any errors happen in the Listen step inside
the call, because it's much better for debugging if those errors get
reported to tor through SMETHOD-ERROR--rather than reporting success to
tor and actually logging an error only in the snowflake log. So we wait
100 ms for an error to occur before deciding that the Listen succeeded.

We don't need to apply this hack to the ACME HTTP-01 listener, because
it's a plaintext listener. Unlike in the TLS case, there isn't any
internal magic that the net library does that we have to rely on. We
just call net.ListenTCP and check for an error.
parent 19b317e7
......@@ -30,6 +30,10 @@ const requestTimeout = 10 * time.Second
const maxMessageSize = 64 * 1024
// How long to wait for ListenAndServe or ListenAndServeTLS to return an error
// before deciding that it's not going to return.
const listenAndServeErrorTimeout = 100 * time.Millisecond
var ptInfo pt.ServerInfo
// When a connection handler starts, +1 is written to this channel; when it
......@@ -174,7 +178,7 @@ func webSocketHandler(ws *websocket.WebSocket) {
func initServer(addr *net.TCPAddr,
getCertificate func(*tls.ClientHelloInfo) (*tls.Certificate, error),
listenAndServe func(*http.Server)) (*http.Server, error) {
listenAndServe func(*http.Server, chan<- error)) (*http.Server, error) {
// We're not capable of listening on port 0 (i.e., an ephemeral port
// unknown in advance). The reason is that while the net/http package
// exposes ListenAndServe and ListenAndServeTLS, those functions never
......@@ -206,28 +210,44 @@ func initServer(addr *net.TCPAddr,
server.TLSConfig.GetCertificate = getCertificate
go listenAndServe(server)
// Another unfortunate effect of the inseparable net/http ListenAndServe
// is that we can't check for Listen errors like "permission denied" and
// "address already in use" without potentially entering the infinite
// loop of Serve. The hack we apply here is to wait a short time,
// listenAndServeErrorTimeout, to see if an error is returned (because
// it's better if the error message goes to the tor log through
// SMETHOD-ERROR than if it only goes to the snowflake log).
errChan := make(chan error)
go listenAndServe(server, errChan)
select {
case err = <-errChan:
case <-time.After(listenAndServeErrorTimeout):
return server, nil
return server, err
func startServer(addr *net.TCPAddr) (*http.Server, error) {
return initServer(addr, nil, func(server *http.Server) {
return initServer(addr, nil, func(server *http.Server, errChan chan<- error) {
log.Printf("listening with plain HTTP on %s", addr)
err := server.ListenAndServe()
if err != nil {
log.Printf("error in ListenAndServe: %s", err)
errChan <- err
func startServerTLS(addr *net.TCPAddr, getCertificate func(*tls.ClientHelloInfo) (*tls.Certificate, error)) (*http.Server, error) {
return initServer(addr, getCertificate, func(server *http.Server) {
return initServer(addr, getCertificate, func(server *http.Server, errChan chan<- error) {
log.Printf("listening with HTTPS on %s", addr)
err := server.ListenAndServeTLS("", "")
if err != nil {
log.Printf("error in ListenAndServeTLS: %s", err)
errChan <- err
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