Bug 1571432 - [3.8] Update of Egress Network Policy causes temporary egress failure when using dnsName
Summary: [3.8] Update of Egress Network Policy causes temporary egress failure when us...
Alias: None
Product: OpenShift Container Platform
Classification: Red Hat
Component: Networking
Version: 3.8.0
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
: 3.8.z
Assignee: Casey Callendrello
QA Contact: zhaozhanqi
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2018-04-24 18:57 UTC by Ravi Sankar
Modified: 2019-12-05 21:59 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Cause: Update egress policy needed blocking outgoing traffic, patching ovs flows and then re-enabling traffic but the ovs flow generation for dns names was slow. Consequence: Few seconds egress traffic downtime which may not be acceptable. Fix: Change update egress policy handling to pre-populate all new ovs flows before blocking the outgoing traffic. Result: Reduces the downtime during egress policy updates.
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Last Closed: 2019-12-05 21:59:39 UTC
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Description Ravi Sankar 2018-04-24 18:57:46 UTC
+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #1558484 +++

Description of problem:
Every 30 minutes the egress network policies are being updated/re-written (even when there is no change to any policy). As part of the process for the update to a policy in a project a drop rule is applied to the OpenFlow tables for the project with maximum priority and then the rules are rewritten. This means that for the duration of this rewrite no egress traffic is permitted from any pods in the project and no dns lookups are permitted either. We are seeing occasions where this re-write of rules can take the order of 5/6 seconds which potentially will impact our apps

The customer confirmed that redhat/ovs-multinant-pugin is configured on masters and nodes and followed the notes present on our documentation for this specific configuration:


Expected results:
Control the EgressNetworkPolicies for being updated and/or not causing application downtime, since it seems traffic stops when the policies are updated.

Additional info:
OCP is using vSphere Cloud Provider.

I've been looking at this file:


I don't see if there's any variable that would be useful to help with this or if there is something we can do to configure update timing or blocking it on the policy.json we can use to create the EgressNetworkPolicy object.

Also don't know if this might be related with this issue:

"Domain name updates are polled based on the TTL (time to live) value of the domain of the local non-authoritative server, or 30 minutes if the TTL is unable to be fetched. The pod should also resolve the domain from the same local non-authoritative server when necessary, otherwise the IP addresses for the domain perceived by the egress network policy controller and the pod will be different, and the egress network policy may not be enforced as expected. In the above example, suppose www.foo.com resolved to and has a DNS TTL of one minute, but was later changed to OpenShift Container Platform will then take up to one minute to adapt to these changes."

Comment 1 Ravi Sankar 2018-04-24 19:37:23 UTC

Comment 2 Ben Bennett 2018-12-07 16:26:43 UTC
Jumped to VERIFIED because the PR has landed, but we don't build 3.8 to QE.

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