rlm_python seems to run authorize function in a single thread

Clint Lord clint at voodoocube.com
Sat Jan 4 00:53:33 CET 2020

We've created a python module that we use to process authorization requests (ie. func_authorize).  Each call to the authorize method seems to block any subsequent calls until it completes, then it moves on the next one.  In other words it’s processing them one at a time.  This is not the behavior we were expecting since rlm_python is set to RLM_TYPE_THREAD_SAFE.

We’ve done some research on this and found a post from 2015 (referencing FreeRADIUS 2.X) in which someone was complaining about a similar issue, and someone responded that rlm_python is not thread safe in FreeRADIUS 2.X.  Could someone here help us understand the expected threading behavior of rlm_python in FreeRADIUS 3.0.19?  Is there some way to configure FreeRADIUS, rlm_python or the Python runtime to enable calling the authorize function in a multithreaded fashion?

Here are the details of our runtime environment:

FreeRADIUS Version: 3.0.19
Python Version: 2.7.15

Please let us know if you need any additional environmental or configuration information.

We thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

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