rairlie/laravel-locking-session

Provide session locking in Laravel

v1.1.7 2020-09-30 21:36 UTC

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Last update: 2020-09-30 21:54:51 UTC


README

This package implements session locking in Laravel by wrapping an exclusive lock around the underlying session driver. As such it should work with any session backend - cookies, files, database, etc. (only files and cookies currently tested).

It addresses the problem where session data is lost due to concurrent requests updating the session at the same time. One instance where this may happen is when making simultaneous XHR requests.

Example scenario:

Consider the case where a variable COUNTER is a value stored in the session, and two requests attempt to increment it at the same time. Without session locking:

Request A: Read session data: COUNTER = 1
Request B: Read session data: COUNTER = 1
Request A: COUNTER = COUNTER + 1
Request B: COUNTER = COUNTER + 1
Request A: Write session data: COUNTER = 2
Request B: Write session data: COUNTER = 2

Final result: COUNTER = 2

With session locking in place, this becomes:

Request A: Lock session
Request A: Read session data: COUNTER = 1
Request B: Attempt to lock session - already locked, must wait
Request A: COUNTER = COUNTER + 1
Request A: Write session data: COUNTER = 2
Request A: Release lock
Request B: Acquires lock
Request B: Read session data: COUNTER = 2
Request B: COUNTER = COUNTER + 1
Request B: Write session data: COUNTER = 3
Request B: Release lock

Final result: COUNTER = 3

Session locking ensures correctness at the cost of effectively serialising concurrent requests accessing the session. If you have some concurrent requests that don't use the session, disabling session middleware on those requests allows them to still be concurrent.

Installation

composer require rairlie/laravel-locking-session
composer install

In your Laravel app, edit config/app.php and replace the default session handler with the locking one:

config/app.php:
- Illuminate\Session\SessionServiceProvider::class,
+ Rairlie\LockingSession\LockingSessionServiceProvider::class,

By default, lock files are written to the system temp dir, in a subdir 'sessionlocks'. You can specify an alternative path with:

config/session.php:
'lockfile_dir' => '/path/to/my/lockdir'

The directory will be created if it doesn't exist.

Requirements

  1. Write access to the lock dir
  2. POSIX file system locking e.g. *NIX, Windows (untested).