[strongSwan] Occasional kernel crash at __xfrm_state_lookup

Martin Willi martin at strongswan.org
Fri Sep 19 09:53:46 CEST 2014

Hi Jiri,

> We experience relatively frequent kernel crash (~2 a day out of 102
> nodes). I enclose a stack trace:

> [17243.492885]  [<ffffffff81601c06>] xfrm_state_lookup+0x66/0x90
> [17243.492907]  [<ffffffff8160796e>] xfrm_user_state_lookup+0x6e/0xe0
> [17243.492930]  [<ffffffff81255078>] ? security_capable+0x18/0x20
> [17243.492952]  [<ffffffff81608912>] xfrm_get_sa+0x42/0xc0
> [17243.492971]  [<ffffffff816078db>] xfrm_user_rcv_msg+0x12b/0x150

I haven't seen such crashes on any somewhat recent kernel.

> The failing offset is 0x3168, which is on line 676:

>    675          hlist_for_each_entry(x, net->xfrm.state_byspi+h, byspi) {
>    676                  if (x->props.family != family ||

To me this looks like a list corruption or something, hard to say what
causes this. Probably a bug lingering somewhere in the kernel.

I don't know what non-vanilla changes your kernel has. Probably you
should check that issue with your kernel distributor.


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