Bug#416266: freeradius: rlm_perl has symbol lookup errors when loading additional perl modules

Stephen Gran sgran at debian.org
Thu Jul 5 16:16:06 CEST 2007

This one time, at band camp, Enrik Berkhan said:
> Hi,
> I've investigated this bug and found the reason why perl .so's won't
> load via shared rlm_perl on Debian.
> rlm_perl will be loaded by freeradius via lt_dlopenext() which proxies
> to dlopen(). rlm_perl depends on libperl. Thus, libperl will be loaded
> indirectly by dlopen() using the same flags specified to dlopen() by
> lt_dlopenext(). On debian, this means, libperl will be loaded _without_
> RTDL_GLOBAL being set.
> On the other hand, when the embedded script tries to load a shared perl
> extension like Data::Dumper, perl's extension mechanisms will load
> Dumper.so. But Dumper.so does _not_ depend on libperl, so the dlopen()
> used to load Dumper.so will
> 1. not search for symbols in libperl explicitly and
> 2. not see the symbols from libperl loaded earlier indirectly by
> lt_dlopenext(), because RTLD_GLOBAL is disabled on debian for valid
> reasons (see bug #195821).
> I'm not sure, but I think the correct solution would be to have a shared
> library dependency from all perl extension modules like Dumper.so on
> libperl.
> BTW, a workaround is to start radiusd with LD_PRELOAD=...libperl...
> pointing to the correct libperl. Of course, this is not feasible for
> packaging ...

Thank you for this comprehensive review and investigation of the
problem.  This is roughly what we arrived at as well.  Sadly, the best
place for this to be fixed is in ltdl, and a request has been filed with
them to add a function to call dlopen with RTDL_GLOBAL.  There is not
much we can do now except wait (or use the bundled copy of libltdl in
the freeradius source, which feels wrong to me as a distribution choice).

Thanks, and take care,
|   ,''`.                                            Stephen Gran |
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|  `. `'                        Debian user, admin, and developer |
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