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authorRichard Guy Briggs <>2015-11-04 08:23:50 -0500
committerPaul Moore <>2015-11-04 08:23:50 -0500
commit32a1dbaece7e37cea415e03cd426172249aa859e (patch)
tree182b70cc4e119edbcdb200dd852d2dc9303d4be8 /kernel/audit.c
parent6a13feb9c82803e2b815eca72fa7a9f5561d7861 (diff)
audit: try harder to send to auditd upon netlink failure
There are several reports of the kernel losing contact with auditd when it is, in fact, still running. When this happens, kernel syslogs show: "audit: *NO* daemon at audit_pid=<pid>" although auditd is still running, and is apparently happy, listening on the netlink socket. The pid in the "*NO* daemon" message matches the pid of the running auditd process. Restarting auditd solves this. The problem appears to happen randomly, and doesn't seem to be strongly correlated to the rate of audit events being logged. The problem happens fairly regularly (every few days), but not yet reproduced to order. On production kernels, BUG_ON() is a no-op, so any error will trigger this. Commit 34eab0a7cd45 ("audit: prevent an older auditd shutdown from orphaning a newer auditd startup") eliminates one possible cause. This isn't the case here, since the PID in the error message and the PID of the running auditd match. The primary expected cause of error here is -ECONNREFUSED when the audit daemon goes away, when netlink_getsockbyportid() can't find the auditd portid entry in the netlink audit table (or there is no receive function). If -EPERM is returned, that situation isn't likely to be resolved in a timely fashion without administrator intervention. In both cases, reset the audit_pid. This does not rule out a race condition. SELinux is expected to return zero since this isn't an INET or INET6 socket. Other LSMs may have other return codes. Log the error code for better diagnosis in the future. In the case of -ENOMEM, the situation could be temporary, based on local or general availability of buffers. -EAGAIN should never happen since the netlink audit (kernel) socket is set to MAX_SCHEDULE_TIMEOUT. -ERESTARTSYS and -EINTR are not expected since this kernel thread is not expected to receive signals. In these cases (or any other unexpected ones for now), report the error and re-schedule the thread, retrying up to 5 times. v2: Removed BUG_ON(). Moved comma in pr_*() statements. Removed audit_strerror() text. Reported-by: Vipin Rathor <> Reported-by: <> Signed-off-by: Richard Guy Briggs <> [PM: applied rgb's fixup patch to correct audit_log_lost() format issues] Signed-off-by: Paul Moore <>
Diffstat (limited to 'kernel/audit.c')
1 files changed, 22 insertions, 5 deletions
diff --git a/kernel/audit.c b/kernel/audit.c
index 662c007635fb..c4c98d87456f 100644
--- a/kernel/audit.c
+++ b/kernel/audit.c
@@ -407,16 +407,33 @@ static void audit_printk_skb(struct sk_buff *skb)
static void kauditd_send_skb(struct sk_buff *skb)
int err;
+ int attempts = 0;
/* take a reference in case we can't send it and we want to hold it */
err = netlink_unicast(audit_sock, skb, audit_nlk_portid, 0);
if (err < 0) {
- BUG_ON(err != -ECONNREFUSED); /* Shouldn't happen */
+ pr_err("netlink_unicast sending to audit_pid=%d returned error: %d\n",
+ audit_pid, err);
if (audit_pid) {
- pr_err("*NO* daemon at audit_pid=%d\n", audit_pid);
- audit_log_lost("auditd disappeared");
- audit_pid = 0;
- audit_sock = NULL;
+ if (err == -ECONNREFUSED || err == -EPERM
+ || ++attempts >= AUDITD_RETRIES) {
+ char s[32];
+ snprintf(s, sizeof(s), "audit_pid=%d reset", audit_pid);
+ audit_log_lost(s);
+ audit_pid = 0;
+ audit_sock = NULL;
+ } else {
+ pr_warn("re-scheduling(#%d) write to audit_pid=%d\n",
+ attempts, audit_pid);
+ set_current_state(TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE);
+ schedule();
+ __set_current_state(TASK_RUNNING);
+ goto restart;
+ }
/* we might get lucky and get this in the next auditd */