Can't use hostnames in snmpd.conf after upgrade to net-snmp 5.1

Ilya Varlashkin ilya at
Wed Nov 26 00:57:28 PST 2003

Hi All,

I submitted this earlier to net-snmp bug tracking system, but it seems
there is not much activity there as many cases are not assigned (no blame,
as it's a free project), so I'm writing here in case somebody had experienced
the same problem with latest net-snmp release.

I've just upgraded from net-snmp 5.0.x to net-snmp 5.1 on FreeBSD/sparc64 
and with snmpd.conf left unmodified from previous installation now I can't
connect from a hosts specified in the config by hostname (as opposed
to IP address). This is ONLY on FreeBSD/sparc64, however on FreeBSD/i386
works just fine. Below are some details (hostname and community names
are bogus).

root at CITADEL# uname -a
Tue Oct 7 00:09:05 CEST 2003
toor at CITADEL.EXAMPLE.COM:/extra/usr/obj/extra/usr/src/sys/CITADEL sparc64

root at CITADEL# cat snmpd.conf
# $Id:$

syslocation "Test lab"
syscontact "Ilya Varlashkin"
sysservices 76

# name= source community
com2sec me localhost MyVerySecure
com2sec default default public

group meRO v1 me
group meRO v2c me
group defaultRO v1 default
group defaultRO v2c default

# incl/excl subtree mask
view all included .1 80
view contact included

# Gname context model level prefix
read write notif
access meRO "" any noauth exact
all none none
access defaultRO "" any noauth exact
contact none none

root at CITADEL# snmpd -Le -D netsnmp_udp_getSecName -D
netsnmp_udp_parse_security -f
sysctl: physmem: Cannot allocate memory
netsnmp_udp_parse_security: <"MyVerySecure", 0xffffffff/0xffffffff> => "me"
netsnmp_udp_parse_security: <"public", 0x00000000/0x00000000> => "default"
NET-SNMP version 5.1

Now from another terminal on the same host:
iva at CITADEL$ snmpwalk -v 1 -c MyVerySecure localhost
Timeout: No Response from localhost
iva at CITADEL$

(This is expected as due to problem instead of
localhost community 'MyVerySecure' is bound to 

At the same time the daemon produces following log:

Connection from
netsnmp_udp_getSecName: resolve <"MyVerySecure", 0x7f000001>
netsnmp_udp_getSecName: compare <"MyVerySecure", 0xffffffff/0xffffffff>... nope
netsnmp_udp_getSecName: compare <"public", 0x00000000/0x00000000>... nope

(above group of messages repeated 5 more times)

If I specify '' instead of 'localhost' in the snmpd.conf then 
everything is fine, and on FreeBSD/i386 architecture this problem 
doesn't exist (tested with FreeBSD versions 4.8, 4.9 and 5.1).

Could it be that net-snmp 5.1 requires some additional options in the 
kernel compare to 5.0.x or something needs to be tweaked in net-snmp itself?

Let me know what additional information could help to resolve this problem.

P.S.: By the way, during pre-build configuration, I see plenty of complains
like tcpip.h found but can't be compiled (on both i386 and sparc64, though
on intel it works after all but sparc has problems). Is it normal?

Kind regards,
Ilya Varlashkin

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