Bug ID 1090313: Virtual server may remain in hardware SYN cookie mode longer than expected

Last Modified: Jul 11, 2024

Affected Product(s):
BIG-IP LTM(all modules)

Known Affected Versions:
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, 14.1.4.5, 14.1.4.6, 14.1.5, 14.1.5.1, 14.1.5.2, 14.1.5.3, 14.1.5.4, 14.1.5.6, 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, 15.1.4.1, 15.1.5, 15.1.5.1, 15.1.6, 15.1.6.1, 15.1.7, 15.1.8, 15.1.8.1, 15.1.8.2, 15.1.9, 15.1.9.1, 15.1.10, 15.1.10.2, 15.1.10.3, 15.1.10.4, 16.1.0, 16.1.1, 16.1.2, 16.1.2.1, 16.1.2.2, 16.1.3, 16.1.3.1, 16.1.3.2, 16.1.3.3, 16.1.3.4, 16.1.3.5, 16.1.4, 16.1.4.1, 16.1.4.2, 16.1.4.3, 17.0.0, 17.0.0.1, 17.0.0.2

Opened: Mar 26, 2022

Severity: 3-Major

Symptoms

A virtual server may remain in hardware SYN cookie mode longer than expected after the SYN flood attack has stopped. The TMSH 'show ltm virtual' command shows that the virtual has already exited SYN Cookie mode, but the SYN packets are still responded from hardware for a few minutes longer.

Impact

Discrepancy between the actual SYN Cookie mode and the reported SYN Cookie mode for a short period of time after a SYN flood attack.

Conditions

The problem is a result of a race condition in TMM, so the issue might show up intermittently.

Workaround

Disable hardware SYN Cookie mode.

Fix Information

None

Behavior Change

Guides & references

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