Bug 804630 - Bad resolution with IPv6 and rotate option in resolv.conf
Summary: Bad resolution with IPv6 and rotate option in resolv.conf
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Classification: Red Hat
Component: glibc
Version: 6.3
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: rc
: ---
Assignee: Jeff Law
QA Contact: qe-baseos-tools
Depends On:
Blocks: 766162 805204
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2012-03-19 13:25 UTC by Martin Kosek
Modified: 2016-11-24 15:56 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
: 836016 (view as bug list)
Last Closed: 2012-06-20 12:10:01 UTC
Target Upstream Version:

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System ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHBA-2012:0763 normal SHIPPED_LIVE glibc bug fix and enhancement update 2012-06-19 20:35:39 UTC

Description Martin Kosek 2012-03-19 13:25:46 UTC
Description of problem:
glibc incorrectly resolves hosts when resolv.conf contains IPv6 only nameserver(s) and "options rotate" is set. It always appends a searchdomain even for FQDNs which makes every name resolution to fail.

Test program - getaddrinfo.c:
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <netdb.h>
#include <netinet/in.h>
#include <sys/socket.h>

int main(void)
    struct addrinfo *result;
    struct addrinfo *res;
    int error;

    /* resolve the domain name into a list of addresses */
    error = getaddrinfo("www.example.com", NULL, NULL, &result);
    if (error != 0)
        fprintf(stderr, "error in getaddrinfo: %s\n", gai_strerror(error));
        return EXIT_FAILURE;
        printf("Test OK\n");

    return EXIT_SUCCESS;

Test program result:
# gcc getaddrinfo.c -o getaddrinfo
[root@vm-069 ~]# ./getaddrinfo 
error in getaddrinfo: Name or service not known

Actual DNS queries:
# tcpdump -ni eth0 udp port 53
09:20:15.327171 IP6 fed0:babe:baab:0:216:3eff:fe56:436c.37002 > fed0:babe:baab:0:216:3eff:fe00:7caa.domain: 31256+ A? www.example.com.idm.lab.bos.redhat.com. (56)
09:20:15.327277 IP6 fed0:babe:baab:0:216:3eff:fe56:436c.37002 > fed0:babe:baab:0:216:3eff:fe00:7caa.domain: 6949+ AAAA? www.example.com.idm.lab.bos.redhat.com. (56)
09:20:15.329706 IP6 fed0:babe:baab:0:216:3eff:fe00:7caa.domain > fed0:babe:baab:0:216:3eff:fe56:436c.37002: 31256 NXDomain* 0/1/0 (104)
09:20:15.330053 IP6 fed0:babe:baab:0:216:3eff:fe00:7caa.domain > fed0:babe:baab:0:216:3eff:fe56:436c.37002: 6949 NXDomain* 0/1/0 (104)

; generated by /sbin/dhclient-script
search idm.lab.bos.redhat.com
options rotate
nameserver fed0:babe:baab:0:216:3eff:fe00:7caa

Without "options rotate" in resolv.conf it worked:
# ./getaddrinfo 
Test OK

# tcpdump -ni eth0 udp port 53
tcpdump: verbose output suppressed, use -v or -vv for full protocol decode
listening on eth0, link-type EN10MB (Ethernet), capture size 65535 bytes
09:22:24.348149 IP6 fed0:babe:baab:0:216:3eff:fe56:436c.38344 > fed0:babe:baab:0:216:3eff:fe00:7caa.domain: 54805+ A? www.example.com. (33)
09:22:24.348563 IP6 fed0:babe:baab:0:216:3eff:fe56:436c.38344 > fed0:babe:baab:0:216:3eff:fe00:7caa.domain: 37744+ AAAA? www.example.com. (33)
09:22:24.348643 IP6 fed0:babe:baab:0:216:3eff:fe00:7caa.domain > fed0:babe:baab:0:216:3eff:fe56:436c.38344: 54805 1/2/0 A (97)
09:22:24.348743 IP6 fed0:babe:baab:0:216:3eff:fe00:7caa.domain > fed0:babe:baab:0:216:3eff:fe56:436c.38344: 37744 1/2/0 AAAA 2001:500:88:200::10 (109)

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Configure resolv.conf with "options rotate" and IPv6 address to nameserver
2. Run getaddrinfo for some fqdn
Actual results:
Domain is appended to the query -> it fails

Expected results:
Domain is not appended to the query -> query succeeds

Comment 2 Jeff Law 2012-03-22 22:46:04 UTC
i was looking at it last night, making some progress, but won't be able to look at it again until Monday

Comment 4 Jeff Law 2012-03-30 17:13:05 UTC
Still working on it.  This code is a bloody mess and the last attempt to fix this problem (from the Debian folks) got it wrong and was pulled just a couple hours after being installed.

I had Brock put this on the list of 6.3 known issues while I work to get it resolved.

Funny thing is it'll probably be a trivial looking on-liner once I settle on a change.

Comment 5 Jeff Law 2012-03-30 19:02:15 UTC
Notes for QE, rather than watching data over the wire, I've found it easier to just put a breakpoint in __libc_send and look at the "n" parameter (or examine the buffer itself).

So a good run looks like this on my box:

gdb ./a.out
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Reading symbols from /home/law/a.out...done.
(gdb) b main
Breakpoint 1 at 0x40063c: file foo.c, line 14.
(gdb) r
Starting program: /home/law/a.out 

Breakpoint 1, main () at foo.c:14
14          error = getaddrinfo("www.example.com", NULL, NULL, &result);
(gdb) b __libc_send
Breakpoint 2 at 0x7ffff7b18660: file ../sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/x86_64/send.c, line 26.
(gdb) c

Breakpoint 2, __libc_send (fd=7, buf=0x7fffffffc540, n=33, flags=16384)
    at ../sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/x86_64/send.c:26
26      {

Where the bad run will have a value like n=56 because the domain name has been bogusly tacked onto the end of the query.

Comment 6 Jeff Law 2012-03-30 19:09:41 UTC
OK.  I think I've got this sorted out.  The Debian guy was pretty close with his change.  He never responded to my query about the case that wasn't working with his change; however, after a lot of pondering I'm pretty sure I found his mistake.

Note that this just fixes the problem with a *single* ipv6 nameserver defined and options rotate; with > 1 IPV6 server defined and options rotate, there's a separate problem which we have decided to not fix for 6.3 (see 771204).  More generally, I just don't have a high degree of confidence in the correctness of much of the IPV6 codepaths.

dev_ack'd.  Once QE acks, I'll commit and spin a new build.

Comment 9 errata-xmlrpc 2012-06-20 12:10:01 UTC
Since the problem described in this bug report should be
resolved in a recent advisory, it has been closed with a
resolution of ERRATA.

For information on the advisory, and where to find the updated
files, follow the link below.

If the solution does not work for you, open a new bug report.


Comment 10 Tuomo Soini 2012-06-27 20:26:10 UTC
Fix added for rhel 6.3 (glibc-2.12-1.80.el6) causes some software to segfault in libresolv if there are ipv6 addresses listed in resolv.conf.

postfix-2.9.3 with ipv6 support enabled segfaults in smtp client.

freshclam (from clamav in epel6) segfaults on libresolv.

Rebuilding glibc without glibc-rh804630.patch fixes these issues.

Comment 11 Radkowski 2012-06-28 12:20:22 UTC
postfix error is only when you want to listen on different than lo interfaces

inet_interfaces = all
#inet_interfaces = localhost

When you change this directive to localhost:

#inet_interfaces = all
inet_interfaces = localhost

... everytning is ok and segfaul is not present.

Comment 12 Radkowski 2012-06-28 12:24:42 UTC
sendmail-8.14.4-8: this same problem

Comment 13 Jeff Law 2012-06-28 16:31:25 UTC
*** Bug 836016 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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