Bug ID 554659: Configurable maximum message size limit for restjavad

Last Modified: Mar 12, 2019

Bug Tracker

Affected Product:  See more info
BIG-IP LTM(all modules)

Known Affected Versions:
11.5.1, 11.5.1 HF1, 11.5.1 HF10, 11.5.1 HF11, 11.5.1 HF2, 11.5.1 HF3, 11.5.1 HF4, 11.5.1 HF5, 11.5.1 HF6, 11.5.1 HF7, 11.5.1 HF8, 11.5.1 HF9, 11.5.2, 11.5.2 HF1, 11.5.3, 11.5.3 HF1, 11.5.3 HF2, 11.5.4, 11.5.4 HF1, 11.5.4 HF2, 11.5.4 HF3, 11.5.4 HF4, 11.5.5, 11.5.6, 11.5.7, 11.5.8, 11.5.9, 12.0.0, 12.0.0 HF1, 12.0.0 HF2, 12.0.0 HF3, 12.0.0 HF4

Fixed In:

Opened: Oct 27, 2015
Severity: 3-Major


if the client issues a requests to iControl REST that results in a large amount of data (approx 200 MB), restjavad goes into an out-of-memory condition when attempting to serialize the response prior to returning it to the client.


restjavad becomes unresponsive until it is rebooted.


A message is received by restjavad that is larger than the total free heap space. The most common cause is that the system sends a board query to icrd, which returns a very large response (approx 200 MB).


This fix exposes the maximum message size limit and allows a Network operator to change it by posting to a new configuration worker. An example is included below. The actual value varies by installation - load, average message size etc. Set it too low and the clients will receive 5xx errors even though there is sufficient memory. Set it too high and dangerously-large messages do not get dropped and might cause an out-of-memory exception. 5 MB is a recommended starting value. An example of setting the maximum message body size to 5kB (5000 bytes) on a machine called 'green.' The password needs to be changed appropriately. curl -s -k -u admin:PASSWORD -H "Content-Type: application/json" -H 'Connection: keep-alive' -X PUT "https://green/mgmt/shared/server/messaging/settings/8100" -d '{"maxMessageBodySize": "5000" }'.

Fix Information

There is now a configurable maximum message size limit for restjavad. Restjavad still reaches an out-of-memory condition if it receives very large messages (approx 200 MB), but there is now an option of setting a 'hard cap' that causes restjavad to discard these large messages, preventing the out-of-memory condition.

Behavior Change