Opened 19 years ago

Closed 17 years ago

#599 closed defect (fixed)

locmem cache should deepcopy values from the cache to prevent aliasing

Reported by: hugo Owned by: Jacob
Component: Core (Cache system) Version:
Severity: normal Keywords:
Cc: Triage Stage: Unreviewed
Has patch: no Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no


The locmem cache currently returns the objects from the cache directly. But it is based on a in-memory dictionary and so the returned response could be changed outside and the change would be made to the cached object itself. Think for example about a middleware that changes the response headers - if that is fed a response from the locmem:/// cache, it will change the cached response itself and the next cache hit will deliver a changed object.

This patch should solve that problem:

Index: django/core/
--- django/core/        (revision 804)
+++ django/core/        (working copy)
@@ -230,6 +230,7 @@
     import cPickle as pickle
 except ImportError:
     import pickle
+import copy
 from django.utils.synch import RWLock
 class _LocMemCache(_SimpleCache):
@@ -250,7 +251,7 @@
             elif exp < now:
                 should_delete = True
-                return self._cache[key]
+                return copy.deepcopy(self._cache[key])
         if should_delete:

The CacheMiddleware itself currently does a copy.copy() on the cached response, but that only is a shallow copy - and shallow copies don't help with the above header-changing scenario. I think with this patch, the copy.copy() in the CacheMiddleware can be dropped, as the other caches all use pickling and unpickling to store and retrieve the objects (and the memcache interface does it's own pickling/unpickling) and so already do something similar to deep copying.

Change History (5)

comment:1 by eugene@…, 19 years ago

+1. That's why my original implementation used pickling for locmem and other caches. Otherwise I was getting responses with inconsistent headers, e.g., compressed content without proper header.

comment:2 by Adrian Holovaty, 19 years ago

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

(In [821]) Fixed #599 -- locmem cache now uses deepcopy() to prevent aliasing. Thanks, Hugo

comment:3 by nick@…, 17 years ago

Resolution: fixed
Status: closedreopened

Under typical caching scenarios (e.g. write a few times read many times), would it be more efficient to do the (expensive) deep copy when setting the cache entry rather than every time it is retrieved?

comment:4 by nick@…, 17 years ago

Sorry, I half take that last comment back. If the object is to avoid unintended alteration of the cached value, then deepcopy is required on 'get'; however, if the app developer knows not to change the retrieved value (or to copy it explicitly if changing it), then in scenarios where large objects are stored, deepcopy in 'get' will be potentially expensive.

comment:5 by Simon G. <dev@…>, 17 years ago

Resolution: fixed
Status: reopenedclosed

I'm closing this ticket - the original reason it was opened has been fixed. Nick, if you think you can improve things here, please open a new ticket (and a patch would be nice! ;)

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