Bug ID 693910: Traffic Interruption for MAC Addresses Learned on Interfaces that Enter Blocked STP State (2000/4000/i2800/i4800 series)

Last Modified: Mar 17, 2021

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

Known Affected Versions:
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, 11.6.1 HF1, 11.6.1 HF2, 11.6.2, 11.6.2 HF1, 11.6.3, 11.6.3.1, 11.6.3.2, 11.6.3.3, 11.6.3.4, 11.6.4, 11.6.5, 11.6.5.1, 11.6.5.2, 11.6.5.3, 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, 12.1.3.1, 12.1.3.2, 12.1.3.3, 12.1.3.4, 12.1.3.5, 12.1.3.6, 12.1.3.7, 13.0.0, 13.0.0 HF1, 13.0.0 HF2, 13.0.0 HF3, 13.0.1, 13.1.0, 13.1.0.1, 13.1.0.2, 13.1.0.3, 13.1.0.4, 13.1.0.5

Fixed In:
14.0.0, 13.1.0.6, 12.1.4

Opened: Nov 10, 2017
Severity: 3-Major

Symptoms

Some MAC addresses might experience delayed forwarding after the interface on which they are learned transition to a STP blocked state. This is because the FDB entries are not being flushed on these interfaces after they change to a block state. Traffic destined to these MAC addresses gets dropped until their associated entries in the FDB age out.

Impact

Traffic interruption for up to a few minutes for MAC addresses learned on the affected interface.

Conditions

MAC addresses are learned on a STP forwarding interface that transitions to a blocked interface following a topology change.

Workaround

None.

Fix Information

FDB entries are now flushed by interface whenever an interface transitions to a STP block state.

Behavior Change