Bug ID 1020377: Missing IKEv2 listeners can send IKE packets to the IKEv1 racoon daemon

Last Modified: Apr 20, 2022

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Affected Product:  See more info
BIG-IP TMOS(all modules)

Known Affected Versions:
12.0.0, 12.0.0 HF1, 12.0.0 HF2, 12.0.0 HF3, 12.0.0 HF4, 12.1.0, 12.1.0 HF1, 12.1.0 HF2, 12.1.1, 12.1.1 HF1, 12.1.1 HF2, 12.1.2, 12.1.2 HF1, 12.1.2 HF2, 12.1.3,,,,,,,, 12.1.4,, 12.1.5,,,, 12.1.6, 13.0.0, 13.0.0 HF1, 13.0.0 HF2, 13.0.0 HF3, 13.0.1, 13.1.0,,,,,,,,, 13.1.1,,,,, 13.1.3,,,,,,, 13.1.4,, 13.1.5, 14.0.0,,,,,, 14.0.1,, 14.1.0,,,,,, 14.1.2,,,,,,,,, 14.1.3,, 14.1.4,,,,,,, 15.0.0, 15.0.1,,,,, 15.1.0,,,,,, 15.1.1, 15.1.2,, 15.1.3,, 15.1.4,, 15.1.5,, 16.0.0,, 16.0.1,,, 16.1.0, 16.1.1

Fixed In:

Opened: May 21, 2021
Severity: 3-Major


If an IKEv2 tunnel terminates with an error condition, afterward it is possible for IKE packets to be received by the IKEv1 racoon daemon, which is listening to local host (i.e on ports 500 and 4500.


The IKEv2 tunnel does not get renegotiated, because IKE packets reach the IKEv1 daemon, which ignores them, because the proper listener to handle IKEv2 is missing. As a result, tunnel service is interrupted.


To get the problem to occur, you may need these details: -- an IKEv2 config where traffic selector narrowing happens -- termination of an IKEv2 tunnel with an error condition -- some other BIG-IP service using the same local self IP Packets can reach the IKEv1 racoon daemon only when some BIG-IP service uses bigself as the proxy, which forwards packets to localhost ( with the same port number. So even if no IKEv1 config is present for a local self IP, if some other BIG-IP service also uses bigself as a proxy, this can forward IKE packets to localhost as well.


Deleting and re-adding the problematic ike-peer and traffic-selector should bring back IPsec support for that tunnel. If the initiating and responding sides of the tunnel have identical traffic-selector proposals, then narrowing should not happen, and this would also prevent the problem in the first place.

Fix Information

BIG-IP systems now manage and handle multiple references to the same listener in a more rigorous way, so the IKEv2 listener cannot go away while it is still needed.

Behavior Change