charon logs incorrect host name if it can't resolve remote address
Sometimes charon can't "up" a connection, because it thinks it isn't there, but "ipsec statusall" clearly shows it.
It mostly happens after I restarted strongSwan.
# ipsec statusall Status of IKE charon daemon (strongSwan 5.1.1, Linux 3.11.6-1-ARCH, x86_64): uptime: 11 seconds, since Nov 11 09:36:05 2013 malloc: sbrk 2420736, mmap 0, used 391808, free 2028928 worker threads: 11 of 16 idle, 5/0/0/0 working, job queue: 0/0/0/0, scheduled: 0 loaded plugins: charon test-vectors curl random nonce x509 revocation constraints pubkey pkcs1 pem openssl af-alg gmp xcbc cmac hmac ccm attr kernel-netlink socket-default farp stroke updown eap-identity eap-gtc eap-mschapv2 eap-radius xauth-generic xauth-eap unity resolve Listening IP addresses: 22.214.171.124 Connections: home: %any...cdgsthermi.no-ip.org IKEv2, dpddelay=10s home: local: [C=DE, ST=Baden-W??rttemberg, O=ThermiCorp, OU=Users, CN=Thermi Thinkpad, E=Thermi_Thinkpad@cdgsthermi.no-ip.org] uses public key authentication home: cert: "C=DE, ST=Baden-W??rttemberg, O=ThermiCorp, OU=Users, CN=Thermi Thinkpad, E=Thermi_Thinkpad@cdgsthermi.no-ip.org" home: remote: [cdgsthermi.no-ip.org] uses public key authentication home: child: dynamic === 192.168.178.0/24 TUNNEL, dpdaction=restart tunnel: child: dynamic === 0.0.0.0/0 TUNNEL, dpdaction=restart server: %any...192.168.178.48 IKEv2, dpddelay=10s server: local: [C=DE, ST=Baden-W??rttemberg, O=ThermiCorp, OU=Users, CN=Thermi Thinkpad, E=Thermi_Thinkpad@cdgsthermi.no-ip.org] uses public key authentication server: cert: "C=DE, ST=Baden-W??rttemberg, O=ThermiCorp, OU=Users, CN=Thermi Thinkpad, E=Thermi_Thinkpad@cdgsthermi.no-ip.org" server: remote: [cdgsthermi.no-ip.org] uses public key authentication server: child: dynamic === 192.168.178.48/32 126.96.36.199/16 TUNNEL, dpdaction=restart Security Associations (0 up, 0 connecting): none [root@thermi-thinkpad thermi]# ipsec up home unable to resolve %any, initiate aborted tried to check-in and delete nonexisting IKE_SA establishing connection 'home' failed
ike: Use proper hostname(s) when name resolution failed
Was wrong since 0edce687675df8f10f4026fa12a8fc3b3dd003f5.
#2 Updated by Tobias Brunner about 7 years ago
- Tracker changed from Issue to Bug
- Subject changed from charon doesn to charon logs incorrect host name if it can't resolve remote address
- Description updated (diff)
- Status changed from New to Feedback
- Assignee set to Tobias Brunner
unable to resolve %any, initiate aborted
It looks like the host name cdgsthermi.no-ip.org couldn't get resolved (not that the config was not found). But that error message is wrong since 0edce687 (
get_other_addr() should get called on line 1169 to display right). And since it is now possible to configure multiple addresses for right, the code there got a bit strange. After a failure to resolve the address(es) the code attempts another name resolution right before logging the error message, just to determine if %any (or a variant of it) was configured. In your case the name resolution actually seems to have succeeded the second time around (otherwise the error message would be different). I pushed a couple of commits to the init-resolve branch of our repository to fix this.
Anyway, if the address can't be resolved charon can't do much about it, other than retry, which happens if you configure charon.retry_initiate_interval in strongswan.conf. If it is set charon will retry initiation (irrespective of the keyingtries setting) until it is able to resolve the host name and can continue, or the initiation is canceled manually.
#4 Updated by Tobias Brunner about 7 years ago
I edited resolv.conf prior to trying to "up" the connection, so it contained a valid nameserver. What do you think is the issue then? Was the change to resolv.conf I made not written to the disk yet?
Perhaps it was an issue with the resolver, but without knowing whether there was a DNS query or not, and to which server (old or new), and if that query was successful, it's hard to tell what exactly happened.
Can you reproduce this? If so, you should try to capture some traffic.