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Bug 452430 - Sealert/SeTroubleShoot thrashing
Summary: Sealert/SeTroubleShoot thrashing
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: nfs-utils
Version: 8
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: John Dennis
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2008-06-22 21:18 UTC by Bevis King
Modified: 2009-01-09 06:37 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-01-09 06:37:40 UTC

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Description Bevis King 2008-06-22 21:18:17 UTC
Description of problem:
Just updated to the latest kernel and packages - sealert recommended placing a
file called /.autorelabel in the root directory - did this and rebooted with the
new kernel.  System has been up 1 hr 19 mins - sealert has already clocked up 26
CPU minutes, setroubleshootd has clocked up around 1 min 50 seconds.  System
performance is appallingly slow - load average is 8.23; normal for this system
is around 0.20 maximum.

Selinux status is set to permissive; system is a Athlon 64 box with 2GB RAM, ~
2TB of software RAID disc; low traffic Oracle 10i database, web server and nfs
server loads.  NFS mounts are taking 30-60 seconds per mount to (successfully)
mount from the 3 served clients.

Please advise on how to reduce the impact.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
All updates latest as at 22nd Jun 2008.

How reproducible:
All the time.

Steps to Reproduce:
Attempt basic DB, NFS and Web operations on a lightly loaded server with selinux
status set to permissive.
Actual results:
Heavily loaded system; unmanageable number of file attribute errors despite
relabeling, appalling NFS mount lead-time.

Expected results:
Normal operation - quick mounts, etc.

Additional info:

Comment 1 John Dennis 2008-06-23 14:55:35 UTC
What is the version of setroubleshoot? Versions less than 2.x can produce
excessive alerts in some situations.

Comment 2 Bevis King 2008-06-23 15:08:07 UTC

Update: the system became totally catatonic within 2 hours and to be rebooted
with selinux disabled completely to get any user service back.

I do have the massive log files, but doubt I can upload them - they're massive.
 Is there any kind of grep I can perform on them that will help diagnose what
caused this problem.

I guess the key observations are:
1. doing the /.autorelabel suggested by sealert definitely made things much
worse than it had been.
2. sealert should probably detect just how many errors it's been reporting and
drop itself out of the loop after maybe a couple of hundred similar events in
quick succession - a "last message repeated 8,000 times" kind of response rather
than trying to queue that many notifications which seems likely the way it got
to 26 minutes CPU time in 1hr 20m uptime.

Hope that helps...

Regards, Bevis.

Comment 3 John Dennis 2008-06-23 15:34:32 UTC
You should be fine with this version, I suspect there are other issues going on.
setroubleshoot does (or should) aggregate identical alerts into a single alert
(incrementing the alert's report count). setroubleshoot should also truncate
unique alerts to a maximum of 50.

I sounds like you've got a situation where you're constantly getting denials
(denials are reported in permissive mode). setroubleshoot still has to run to
determine the current denial is identical to a previous denial so even if
setroubleshoot is correctly coalescing these into a single alert it is going to
consume resources.

You have two choices, turn off setroubleshoot (service setroubleshoot stop or
chkconfig setroubleshoot off), or better yet fix the problem it's trying to warn
you about. Open the sealert browser (Applications-->System Tools-->SELinux
Troubleshooter) and look for alerts with high alert counts (or click on the
report count column to sort by report count). Then figure out why you're getting
that denial so frequently. We can help you here, after you identify the alert
with the high count use (Edit-->Copy Alert) to put the alert on the clipboard
and paste it into this bugzilla.

Re, large log files, you don't specify which log files you're talking about, the
audit log file should be large in this instance, but not the setroubleshoot log
file (/var/log/setroubleshoot/setroubleshootd.log) unless it's continuously
faulting and writing tracebacks into the log file, is it?

Comment 4 Bevis King 2008-07-19 11:21:59 UTC
OK, I think I've tracked down where there problem is.  This is actually to do
with a memory leak in the NFS mountd code, the rpc.mountd does this about 20,000
times per mount request:

ioctl(9, DM_TABLE_DEPS, 0x7fd62ddc6490) = 0
ioctl(9, DM_TABLE_DEPS, 0x7fd62ddc6490) = 0
ioctl(9, DM_TABLE_DEPS, 0x7fd62ddc6490) = 0
ioctl(9, DM_TABLE_DEPS, 0x7fd62ddc6490) = 0
ioctl(9, DM_TABLE_DEPS, 0x7fd62ddc6490) = 0
ioctl(9, DM_TABLE_DEPS, 0x7fd62ddc6490) = 0
ioctl(9, DM_TABLE_DEPS, 0x7fd62ddc6490) = 0
ioctl(9, DM_TABLE_DEPS, 0x7fd62ddc6490) = 0
ioctl(9, DM_TABLE_DEPS, 0x7fd62ddc6490) = 0
ioctl(9, DM_TABLE_DEPS, 0x7fd62ddc6490) = 0

Doing some research this seems to be covered by debian bug:


The discussions pointed to above seem to indicate that the bug was fixed in
e2fsprogs 1.40 and nfs-kernel-server 1.0.12.  I'm not sure where that leaves
Fedora 8.

I can understand that my situation may be extreme as the system has three Linux
software RAID devices, each producing a volume group, with a total of about 40
logical volumes defined.  Do a device manager rescan and you'll pretty much
disappear under the load.

Any thoughts on this?

Regards, Bevis.

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