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Date:	Sat, 13 Oct 2012 16:36:39 +0400
From:	Andrew Savchenko <bircoph@...il.com>
To:	netdev@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [BUG] Kernel recieves DNS reply, but doesn't deliver it to a
 waiting application

Hello,

On Wed, 3 Oct 2012 23:25:48 +0400 Andrew Savchenko wrote:
> I encountered a very weird bug: after a while of uptime kernel stops to deliver
> DNS reply to applications. Tcpdump shows that correct reply is recieved, but 
> strace shows inquiring application never recieves it and ends with timeout,
> epoll_wait() always returns 0:
> a slice from: $ host kernel.org 8.8.8.8:
> 
> sendmsg(20, {msg_name(16)={sa_family=AF_INET, sin_port=htons(53),
> sin_addr=inet_addr("8.8.8.8")}, msg_iov(1)=[{"\266\344\1\0\0\1\0\0\0\0\0\0\6k
> ernel\3org\0\0\1\0\1", 28}], msg_controllen=0, msg_flags=0}, 0) = 28            
> epoll_wait(3, {}, 64, 0)                = 0                                     
> epoll_wait(3, {}, 64, 4999)             = 0
> 
> Though tcpdump shows a normal reply:
> 
> 20:28:44.162897 IP 10.7.74.7.43167 > 8.8.8.8.domain: 46820+ A? kernel.org. (28) 
> 20:28:44.221308 IP 8.8.8.8.domain > 10.7.74.7.43167: 46820 1/0/0 A 149.20.4.69
> (44)
> 
> After this bug has occured, it is no longer possible to perform DNS request on
> the crippled system. I tried to stop/restart all network-related daemons, to
> recreate network interfaces whenever possible (e.g. pppX devices), but with no
> help. I use iptables and ebtables on this host, but reseting them (flushing all
> chains, removing user chains, setting all policies to ACCEPT) doesn't help. The
> only worknig solution is to reboot the system.
> 
> This bug happens rarely and randomly (about once in 7-12 days on 24x7 available
> production system), but I had it 5 times already. Due to rare and random nature
> of the bug I can't bisect it.
> 
> This problem occured after I updated vanilla kernel from 2.6.39.4 to 3.4.6.
> Afterward I updated kernel to 3.4.10 in the hope that this will fix the
> problem, but with no result. (I updated kernel due to commit
> 2ce42ec4ef551b08d2e5d26775d838ac640f82ad, which describes somewhat similar
> issue, though I don't use I/OAT engine due to lack of hardware support.)
> 
> More details, attached trace files and kernel configs are available at bugzilla:
> https://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=48081
> 
> In a few days I'll try 3.4.12 (I need to rebuild kernel anyway due to unrelated
> issue) and will report if this bug will occur again. But please note it may
> take several weeks to check this.

I got this problem again with 3.4.12 kernel. System lasted less than
a week and reboot was the only option...

Best regards,
Andrew Savchenko

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