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PM19534: An OutOfMemoryError error occurs due to excessive SOAPElement objects while using Spring.

Fixes are available

7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for AIX
7.0.0.15: Java SDK 1.6 SR9 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for HP-UX
7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for IBM i
7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for Linux
7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for Solaris
7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for Windows
6.1.0.37: Java SDK 1.5 SR12 FP3 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere
7.0.0.17: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 17
7.0.0.17: Java SDK 1.6 SR9 FP1 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.19: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 19
7.0.0.21: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 21
7.0.0.23: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 23
7.0.0.25: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 25
7.0.0.27: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 27
7.0.0.29: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 29
6.1.0.47: WebSphere Application Server V6.1 Fix Pack 47
7.0.0.31: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 31
7.0.0.27: Java SDK 1.6 SR13 FP2 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.33: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 33
7.0.0.35: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 35
7.0.0.37: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 37
7.0.0.39: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 39
7.0.0.41: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 41
7.0.0.43: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 43
7.0.0.45: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 45
6.1.0.39: Java SDK 1.5 SR12 FP4 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
6.1.0.41: Java SDK 1.5 SR12 FP5 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
6.1.0.43: Java SDK 1.5 SR13 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
6.1.0.45: Java SDK 1.5 SR14 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
6.1.0.47: Java SDK 1.5 SR16 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.19: Java SDK 1.6 SR9 FP2 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.21: Java SDK 1.6 SR9 FP2 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere
7.0.0.23: Java SDK 1.6 SR10 FP1 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere
7.0.0.25: Java SDK 1.6 SR11 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.27: Java SDK 1.6 SR12 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.29: Java SDK 1.6 SR13 FP2 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.45: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP60 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.31: Java SDK 1.6 SR15 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.35: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP1 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.37: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP3 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.39: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP7 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.41: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP20 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.43: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP41 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server

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APAR status

  • Closed as program error.

Error description

  • The WebSphere Application Server may issue an OutOfMemoryError
    error when decrypting a SOAP message.  The customer is using
    Spring to decrypt the message.  The message uses the SAAJ api
    provided by the WebSphere Web services runtime.
    
    The heapdump produced when the OutOfMemoryError occurs
    indicates that most of the memory is consumed by
    com.ibm.ws.webservices.engine.xmsoap.SOAPElement objects.
    

Local fix

Problem summary

  • ****************************************************************
    * USERS AFFECTED:  IBM WebSphere Application Server users of   *
    *                  SAAJ                                        *
    ****************************************************************
    * PROBLEM DESCRIPTION: An OutOfMemoryError error occurs due    *
    *                      to excessive SOAPElement objects        *
    *                      while using Spring.                     *
    ****************************************************************
    * RECOMMENDATION:  Install a fix pack containing this APAR     *
    ****************************************************************
    The customer's use of the Spring framework has exposed a
    problem in the IBM implementation of SAAJ.
    
    SOAP with Attachments API for Java (SAAJ) defines several
    methods to add a SOAPElement as a child to an existing parent
    SOAPElement.  If the new SOAPElement is already a child of the
    parent, the SAAJ implementation is required to remove the
    prior child.
    
    In some cases, the IBM implementation failed to remove the
    prior child from the tree.  This failure to remove the prior
    child resulted in a SOAPElement containing a large number of
    child SOAPElements representing the same data.  Eventually
    this causes an OutOfMemoryError to occur.
    
    This problem could occur with customers who do not use Spring.
    

Problem conclusion

  • The root of the problem is due to the IBM SAAJ runtime failure
    to remove a prior instance of a SOAPElement when a new
    SOAPElement is added.
    
    The algorithm to detect the prior instances of the same
    SOAPElement is improved.
    
    The fix for this APAR is currently targeted for inclusion in
    fix packs 6.1.0.37 and 7.0.0.15.  Please refer to the
    Recommended Updates page for delivery information:
    http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=180&uid=swg27004980
    

Temporary fix

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APAR Information

  • APAR number

    PM19534

  • Reported component name

    WEBSPHERE APP S

  • Reported component ID

    5724J0800

  • Reported release

    61W

  • Status

    CLOSED PER

  • PE

    NoPE

  • HIPER

    NoHIPER

  • Special Attention

    NoSpecatt

  • Submitted date

    2010-07-29

  • Closed date

    2010-09-29

  • Last modified date

    2011-05-27

  • APAR is sysrouted FROM one or more of the following:

  • APAR is sysrouted TO one or more of the following:

Fix information

  • Fixed component name

    WEBSPHERE APP S

  • Fixed component ID

    5724J0800

Applicable component levels

  • R61A PSY

       UP

  • R61H PSY

       UP

  • R61I PSY

       UP

  • R61P PSY

       UP

  • R61S PSY

       UP

  • R61W PSY

       UP

  • R61Z PSY

       UP

  • R700 PSY

       UP



Document information

More support for: WebSphere Application Server
General

Software version: 6.1

Reference #: PM19534

Modified date: 27 May 2011