Bug ID 1040277: Suspected syslog-ng issue which caused silent reboot of a system

Last Modified: Sep 23, 2021

Bug Tracker

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

Known Affected Versions:
13.1.0, 13.1.0.1, 13.1.0.2, 13.1.0.3, 13.1.0.4, 13.1.0.5, 13.1.0.6, 13.1.0.7, 13.1.0.8, 13.1.1, 13.1.1.2, 13.1.1.3, 13.1.1.4, 13.1.1.5, 13.1.3, 13.1.3.1, 13.1.3.2, 13.1.3.3, 13.1.3.4, 13.1.3.5, 13.1.3.6, 13.1.4, 13.1.4.1, 14.1.0, 14.1.0.1, 14.1.0.2, 14.1.0.3, 14.1.0.5, 14.1.0.6, 14.1.2, 14.1.2.1, 14.1.2.2, 14.1.2.3, 14.1.2.4, 14.1.2.5, 14.1.2.6, 14.1.2.7, 14.1.2.8, 14.1.3, 14.1.3.1, 14.1.4, 14.1.4.1, 14.1.4.2, 14.1.4.3, 14.1.4.4, 15.1.0, 15.1.0.1, 15.1.0.2, 15.1.0.3, 15.1.0.4, 15.1.0.5, 15.1.1, 15.1.2, 15.1.2.1, 15.1.3, 15.1.3.1, 15.1.4

Opened: Aug 12, 2021
Severity: 3-Major

Symptoms

A syslog-ng issue with remote logging to an invalid remote syslog server may lead to unexpected reboot. The BIG-IP may unexpectedly reboot after a host watchdog timeout when syslog-ng gets hung up. This happens at the time of the last 'Syslog connection broken' in /var/log/messages before reboot. That message will appear without a preceding 'Syslog connection established' just before it with same timestamp. At this time syslog-ng typically spins, using near 100% CPU.

Impact

Very rarely syslog-ng hangs in a non-functional state. Sometimes, this may lead to an unexpected reboot of BIG-IP. Loss of logs before restart and traffic disrupted while BIG-IP restarts.

Conditions

Invalid syslog-ng server configuration or broken connection from BIG-IP toward configured syslog-ng remote server.

Workaround

Ensure syslog-ng server configuration is valid, and that the server is reachable.

Fix Information

None

Behavior Change