/tmp/security on 7.1-Release

Zbigniew Szalbot z.szalbot at lcwords.com
Thu May 14 06:35:23 UTC 2009


Hello,

>> Ever since upgrading from 7.0-Release to 7.1-Release I get the
>> following in the daily security reports:
>>
>> master.lc-words.com kernel log messages:
>> +++ /tmp/security.yMzCQbS8	2009-05-13 03:01:25.000000000 +0200
>> +re0: watchdog timeout
>> +re0: link state changed to DOWN
>> +re0: link state changed to UP
>>
>> It just happens around 3 a.m. each day and so I wonder if I should be
>> concerned about it...?
>>
>> Thank you in advance for your suggestions!
>
> I can bet it's NIC related problem, probably your re0 is sharing IRQ
> with something and it's going up/down. The time you see (~3.oo AM) is
> the moment periodic works, so it doesn't mean the problem happend then.
>
> I've seen similar problems on cheap PC hardware with integrated NIC
> and/or external PCI NIC (re/rl/em). Search for 're0: watchdog timeout'
> on google.
>
> The solution is to replace re with something else - em for example, but
> there is no guarantee it's going to work - I had same problems on
> crappy hardware with two identical interfaces plugged in (some model of
> em - IRRC Intel PRO/1000 GT)

Yes, you are most likely right but I am left wondering why this has never
been a problem on 7.0-Release...?

So either the problem in question did not occur on 7.0 or it did occur but
wasn't reported.

Thanks!

-- 
Zbigniew Szalbot



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