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Can NullReferenceException causes SystemOutOfMemory Error?

Posted on 2009-03-31
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We get NullReferenceException errors like below within like 2 hours of every day. And like once a day, we get SystemOutOfMemory error. Could NullReferenceException caused the out of memory?
Event Type:	Warning
Event Source:	ASP.NET 2.0.50727.0
Event Category:	Web Event 
Event ID:	1309
Date:		3/29/2009
Time:		4:32:23 PM
User:		N/A
Computer:	PORTAL
Description:
Event code: 3005 
Event message: An unhandled exception has occurred. 
Event time: 3/29/2009 4:32:23 PM 
Event time (UTC): 3/29/2009 8:32:23 AM 
Event ID: 81fe2ea994aa46b39184a0d58f5d87bc 
Event sequence: 5083 
Event occurrence: 145 
Event detail code: 0 
 
Application information: 
    Application domain: /LM/W3SVC/1034077820/Root-1-128827852699273750 
    Trust level: Full 
    Application Virtual Path: / 
    Application Path: C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\mediaprima\GUA\ 
    Machine name: PORTAL 
 
Process information: 
    Process ID: 7644 
    Process name: w3wp.exe 
    Account name: NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE 
 
Exception information: 
    Exception type: NullReferenceException 
    Exception message: Object reference not set to an instance of an object. 
 
Request information: 
    Request URL: http://gua.com.my:8012/CMSPages/PortalTemplate.aspx?aliaspath=/Home 
    Request path: /CMSPages/PortalTemplate.aspx 
    User host address: 192.168.0.229 
    User:  
    Is authenticated: False 
    Authentication Type:  
    Thread account name: NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE 
 
Thread information: 
    Thread ID: 50 
    Thread account name: NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE 
    Is impersonating: False 
    Stack trace:    at CMS.CMSHelper.CMSContext.get_CurrentBodyClass()
   at PortalPage.get_BodyClass()
   at ASP.cmspages_portaltemplate_aspx.__Render__control1(HtmlTextWriter __w, Control parameterContainer)
   at System.Web.UI.Control.RenderChildrenInternal(HtmlTextWriter writer, ICollection children)
   at System.Web.UI.Control.RenderChildren(HtmlTextWriter writer)
   at System.Web.UI.Page.Render(HtmlTextWriter writer)
   at CMSPages_PortalTemplate.Render(HtmlTextWriter writer)
   at System.Web.UI.Control.RenderControlInternal(HtmlTextWriter writer, ControlAdapter adapter)
   at System.Web.UI.Control.RenderControl(HtmlTextWriter writer, ControlAdapter adapter)
   at System.Web.UI.Control.RenderControl(HtmlTextWriter writer)
   at System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain(Boolean includeStagesBeforeAsyncPoint, Boolean includeStagesAfterAsyncPoint)
 
 
Custom event details: 
 
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Question by:melwong
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/probably/ not.

nullReference is usually a software error - like when you try to read a string from a memory pointer that has not been initialised.  That kind of error will normally crash the application, or under managed code, will be shut down by the runtime engine/interpreter.

out-of-memory is usually caused by applications that do not properly release allocated memory properly.

the two are possibly related (still unlikely) for example if a software routine allocates some memory, then crashes due to null pointer without freeing up those allocated resources.  this is very unusual (perhaps impossible) for managed code like asp and c# etc, but if you have some native code plugin modules (isapi, httpmodule dlls, etc) then those can cause these kinds of problems.

I suggest that you inspect the behaviour of the relevant script/s (e.g. /CMSPages/PortalTemplate.aspx) and determine what modules are called.  then inspect each module source code for the kinds of problems referred to.

Cheers.
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