Support » Plugin: WP Mail SMTP by WPForms » Plugin cant connect to SMTP after install WP 5.5

  • Resolved tihjawi

    (@tihjawi)


    Hello!

    I have the 2.2.1 (free) version of the plugin, after updating to WordPress 5.5 the plugin stopped working, that is, not a single letter is sent.

    Obviously some kind of compatibility issue, as many have already spoken out about the problem issue.

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  • Plugin Author Gregor Capuder

    (@capuderg)

    Hi @tihjawi,

    could you please let us know which mailer you are using in the WP Mail SMTP settings?

    Are you maybe using the “Other SMTP” mailer? Did you configure our plugin with PHP constants? If yes, did you check if these constants are still present in wp-config.php after the WP 5.5 update?

    When you get a chance, could you please share a full error log recorded when you send a test email from WP Mail SMTP > Email Test? Here’s a screenshot for the option to get a full error log. This will give us an idea of what might be going on.

    Take care!

    Thread Starter tihjawi

    (@tihjawi)

    I use “Other SMTP”, and no, I don’t configure plugin with PHP constants (what is this?).

    I just many months ago set my SMTP settings and all works fine before WP 5.5.

    When I try to send a test email the script runs endlessly and does not produce a result.

    Indeed. We are having the exact same issue. The plugin stopped sending emails from our Woocommerce installation one day ago after performing the WP core 5.5 update. The SMTP we are using is Office 365 but have tested it to failure with other services. I host at WPEngine and have an nginx error log relative to Uncaught Error: Class ‘WPMailSMTP\\Core’ not found and it provides the line of code wp-mail-smtp.php on line 77

    Plugin Author Gregor Capuder

    (@capuderg)

    Hi @tihjawi,

    thank you for your reply.

    hmm… we have to find out what is causing this…

    Could you maybe let us know where you are hosting your WP site and which SMTP host you are using?

    Could you please contact your hosting support and ask if there are any PHP errors logged, that could help us determine the cause?

    Or maybe ask them if they can enable WP debugging (WP_DEBUG and WP_DEBUG_LOG) for your WP site? Then you can perform the Email test again and see if there are any errors in the wp-content/debug.log file.

    After the test, the debugging can be disabled.

    More info on WP debugging: https://wordpress.org/support/article/debugging-in-wordpress/

    Take care!

    Thread Starter tihjawi

    (@tihjawi)

    I have already contacted hosting technical support, they are trying to figure out this situation, but this is not a hosting problem, but a plugin’s – everything broke after updating the WP 5.5, everything works on previous versions of the WP!

    Even the day before yesterday everything worked, something can’t break for me – this is a problem with your plugin, a lot of people have already written to you about it, and you don’t want to admit a common problem.

    Plugin Author Gregor Capuder

    (@capuderg)

    Hi @tihjawi,

    I’m sorry if it comes across as me not admitting there isn’t an issue with the plugin… I would love to fix it, but in order to fix it, I need to reproduce the issue, know what is causing it.

    I’ve tested with multiple SMTP hosts on WP 5.5 with the current WP Mail SMTP plugin version and everything works OK on my end.

    That’s why I’m asking if it’s possible to get any clues as to what the source of the issue could be.

    Which SMTP host/server are you using?

    @ejbrewer does the Email Test in our plugin settings also time-out for you or do you get a debug error?

    The Uncaught Error: Class ‘WPMailSMTP\\Core’ not found error probably occurred just once, right? Probably during the update? This Core class is as the name suggests a core class of our plugin. The plugin settings would not be available for you if this error would be occurring all the time.

    If you can provide any sort of error logs that points to our plugin that could help debug this issue, I would be very grateful.

    Take care!

    Thread Starter tihjawi

    (@tihjawi)

    I use smtp.majordomo.ru

    Yes Indeed the only error that exists in the log is the one I shared earlier. We host at WPEngine and I have it replicated on three installs and the common factor on all is the update to 5.5. I have all themes and other plugins disabled and it still fails. We use the free version not the pro so we do not see the error log from the plugin. We have worked with WPE support. Here is a cut and paste of their response.

    “Gotcha, unfortunately we do not have any other information besides this data. Usually if a 502 is produced by a plugin, it should produce an error in the log however we’re not seeing that on our side. The requests seem to be going long enough for our automatic process killer to stop it (happens after 60 seconds)”

    Thread Starter tihjawi

    (@tihjawi)

    Ok.

    I got a response from my hosting support. Next is a letter translated from Russian using Google.

    In short, it conflicts with PHP 7.4. At 7.3 everything works.

    Hope this helps fix the problem.

    A more detailed check showed that the problem, most likely, is precisely in the work of the plugin, which interferes with the work with sockets. We made tracing using the strace utility of a test script using PHPMailer with an SMTP connection in 4 variants – with the plugin enabled and disabled, under PHP7.4 and 7.3. The script is located in the phpm folder in the root directory of the site and is called test.php, currently the login and password [1] specified there are out of date. the temporary mailbox we used has been deleted, but for testing you can specify the data of any other mailbox.

    The changes made by the plugin affect the calls to the system function for working with sockets select () [2].

    When the plugin is disabled, it is passed a limit on the number of sockets equal to 4 and an array containing one socket descriptor for reading in both PHP versions:

    cat strace_mailer_noplugin_73.log | grep select | head -n1
    18:06:24 select (4, [3], [], [], {tv_sec = 300, tv_usec = 0}) = 1 (in [3], left {tv_sec = 299, tv_usec = 999194}) <0.000818 >
    cat strace_mailer_noplugin_74.log | grep select | head -n1
    17:59:20 select (4, [3], [], [], {tv_sec = 300, tv_usec = 0}) = 1 (in [3], left {tv_sec = 299, tv_usec = 999198}) <0.000821 >

    Under PHP7.3, the plugin changes the first argument to the function, but this change is not critical:

    cat strace_mailer_withplugin_73.log | grep select | head -n1
    18:12:31 select (197, [196], [], [], {tv_sec = 300, tv_usec = 0}) = 1 (in [196], left {tv_sec = 299, tv_usec = 998966}) <0.001049 >

    Under PHP7.4, the second argument is also changed, instead of a descriptor for connecting to the SMTP server, an empty array is passed to it, as a result of which the script waits for a response from an empty set of sockets for 5 minutes:

    cat strace_mailer_withplugin_74.log | grep select | head -n1
    17:54:49 select (1024, [], [], [], {tv_sec = 300, tv_usec = 0}) = 0 (Timeout) <300.094676>

    Unfortunately, disabling the plugin by renaming its folder and disabling the .htaccess directive only affects the operation of test scripts not related to the site and does not affect the site’s performance. Most likely the plugin embeds its code into the site engine during the installation process.

    The traces of all test cases are located in the “doomguyru” folder, one level above the root directory of the site. The trace output of the site scripts when testing mail is called strace_site.log. To identify processes, we added delays of several seconds to the scripts being launched. Unfortunately, the tracing of the plugin itself was not included in the logs, since its code is executed before the code of the requested script and before delays, but, if required, we can do it.

    The emails that reached you were sent while we temporarily switched the site to PHP7.3. We are currently also switching the site to PHP7.3.

    Plugin Author Gregor Capuder

    (@capuderg)

    Hi @tihjawi,

    thank you very much for the info. We’ll look into it in more details and if there is something we have to fix in the plugin, we’ll do that. Thanks!

    In the meantime I’ve got access to the WPEngine test site and I could reproduce the issue. I’ve enabled the WP debugging and the debugging log, by adding these two constants to the wp-config.php:

    
    define( 'WP_DEBUG', true );
    define( 'WP_DEBUG_LOG', true );
    

    And I got this PHP warning in wp-content/debug.log:

    
    PHP Warning:  stream_select(): You MUST recompile PHP with a larger value of FD_SETSIZE.
    It is set to 1024, but you have descriptors numbered at least as high as 1350.
     --enable-fd-setsize=2048 is recommended, but you may want to set it
    to equal the maximum number of open files supported by your system,
    in order to avoid seeing this error again at a later date. in wp-includes/PHPMailer/SMTP.php on line 1169
    

    @ejbrewer Could you please contact WPEngine support and mention this? Maybe this is happening to you as well and they might know what to do…

    Let me know what they say.

    Take care!

    I am on with WPEngine as we speak. They rolled my core back to 5.5 and my PHP back to 7.3 and everything fired as it is supposed to. When I pasted your response they indicated that sounded as if there was a memory leak in the plugin. In shared managed hosting they would not want to max on the FD_SETSIZE for fear of overloading the resource calls on the server. But the point being the rollback worked so there is something amiss with 7.4 and 5.5

    Thread Starter tihjawi

    (@tihjawi)

    hey rolled my core back to 5.5 and my PHP back to 7.3

    gz, m8!

    same here.

    Thread Starter tihjawi

    (@tihjawi)

    My tech support found the cause of the failure. Below is a letter translated from Russian by Google.

    We managed to establish the reasons for the malfunctioning with SMTP under php7.4. One of the reasons is the work of the Wordfence Security plugin, namely, the plugin, after executing its code, leaves several files open in the wp-content / wflogs folder, which causes the Apache process to exceed the FD_SETSIZE file descriptor limit. It may be that the plugin is not completely disabled, or some other WordPress component also leaves open files, but we have not received any complaints about similar issues with other WordPress clients on this server.
    In the vast majority of cases, this excess is not critical; however, it is precisely this that leads to incorrect execution of the stream_select () function in the PHPMailer library. Another factor causing the FD_SETSIZE to be exceeded is the increase in the number of sites on the serving server using this particular PHP version. Since the log files of all sites are opened by the Apache master process, all their descriptors are also passed to the child processes spawned when processing site requests. If the child process at the moment of opening the SMTP connection does not have any of its own (not received from the master process) open files, then stream_select () is executed correctly. Unfortunately, this mechanism for working with files is one of the features of Apache, the negative effects of which are very rare.

    Plugin Author Gregor Capuder

    (@capuderg)

    Hi @ejbrewer and @tihjawi,

    thank you both for providing information about this issue.

    We are glad your hosting company was able to identify the issue, and based on their reply it looks like the problem is not inside WP Mail SMTP plugin but in another plugin plus a specific server configuration.

    I’m going to mark this issue as resolved and anyone with similar issues can contact their hosting company with the above information.

    Thank you and have a nice day!

    Thread Starter tihjawi

    (@tihjawi)

    I’m going to mark this issue as resolved

    Why mark a problem solved? The problem remains – just adapt your plugin to work correctly based on the provided data so that it does not conflict with the server or other plugins.

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