Bug ID 557281: The audit_forwarder process fails to exit normally causing the process to consume CPU to near 100%

Last Modified: Nov 07, 2022

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

Known Affected Versions:
11.4.1, 11.5.0, 11.5.1, 11.5.1 HF1, 11.5.1 HF10, 11.5.1 HF11, 11.5.1 HF2, 11.5.1 HF3, 11.5.1 HF4, 11.5.1 HF5, 11.5.1 HF6, 11.5.1 HF7, 11.5.1 HF8, 11.5.1 HF9, 11.5.10, 11.5.2, 11.5.2 HF1, 11.5.3, 11.5.3 HF1, 11.5.3 HF2, 11.5.4, 11.5.4 HF1, 11.6.0, 11.6.0 HF1, 11.6.0 HF2, 11.6.0 HF3, 11.6.0 HF4, 11.6.0 HF5, 11.6.0 HF6, 11.6.0 HF7, 11.6.0 HF8, 11.6.1, 12.0.0, 12.0.0 HF1, 12.0.0 HF2

Fixed In:
12.1.0, 12.0.0 HF3, 11.6.1 HF1, 11.5.4 HF2

Opened: Nov 10, 2015
Severity: 3-Major
Related Article:
K23064374

Symptoms

audit_forwarder and mcpd consume almost 100% CPU. When syslog-ng restarts, it starts another audit_forwarder process, but it is the orphaned audit_forwarder process that will consume almost 100% CPU. When syslog-ng is restarted and audit_forwarder does not exit cleanly, the mcpd process will also begin consuming high CPU.

Impact

The audit_forwarder and mcpd processes consume excessive CPU.

Conditions

syslog-ng is stopped manually or sometimes (rarely) during a normal restart of syslog-ng.

Workaround

Stop audit_forwarder manually (kill -9), once the orphaned audit_forwarder process is stopped, mcpd will return to normal CPU consumption.

Fix Information

When syslog-ng is stopped manually (or when expected), audit_forwarder also exits, so the audit_forward process no longer consumes increasing CPU.

Behavior Change