Bug ID 662331: BIG-IP logs INVALID-SPI messages but does not remove the associated SAs.

Last Modified: Nov 07, 2022

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Affected Product:  See more info
BIG-IP LTM(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, 13.0.0, 13.0.0 HF1, 13.0.0 HF2, 13.0.0 HF3, 13.0.1

Fixed In:
13.1.0, 12.1.3

Opened: May 01, 2017
Severity: 3-Major
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The BIG-IP system logs INVALID-SPI messages but does not remove the associated Security Associations (SAs) corresponding to the message. Note: There are three parts to this issue, as recorded in the following bugs: 569236, 583285, and 662331.


If the BIG-IP is always the Initiator, the Responder will not initiate a new tunnel if the Responder only handles responses to the BIG-IP clients' traffic. The BIG-IP system continues to use the IPsec SA it believes to be still up. When an SA expires prematurely, some IPsec peers will reject an inbound SPI packet with an ISAKMP INVALID-SPI notify message. If the INVALID-SPI message does not cause new SAs to be created, there will be a tunnel outage until the SA lifetime expires on the defunct SA held on the BIG-IP system.


This can occur if an IPsec peer deletes a phase2 (IPsec) SA and does not send a 'notify delete' message to the other peer. The INVALID-SPI message is most likely to be seen when the peer deletes an SA before the SA's agreed lifetime.


Manually remove the invalid SA on the BIG-IP system by running the following command: delete /net ipsec ipsec-sa spi <invalid_spi>

Fix Information

Now, when the BIG-IP system receives INVALID-SPI messages, it deletes the invalid Security Association as well as logging the INVALID-SPI message, so the tunnel can initiate again. Note: There is a three-part fix provided for this issue, as provided in the following bugs: 569236, 583285, and 662331.

Behavior Change