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Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches

Field Notice: FN - 63560 - Nexus 5000 System Restart after 130 days of uptime - Software Update or Planned Restart Required

Field Notice: FN - 63560 - Nexus 5000 System Restart after 130 days of uptime - Software Update or Planned Restart Required

September 6, 2012


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Revision History

Revision Date Comment
1.0
06-SEP-2012
Initial Public Release

Products Affected

Products Affected
N5000-UK9.5.1.3.N1.1.BIN - 5.1(3)N1(1) 
N5000-UK9.5.1.3.N1.1a.BIN - 5.1(3)N1(1a) 
N5000-UK9.5.1.3.N2.1.BIN - 5.1(3)N2(1) 
N5000-UK9.5.1.3.N2.1a.BIN - 5.1(3)N2(1a) 

Problem Description

Due to a memory leak, Nexus 5000 systems with LAN_BASE_SERVICES_PKG license installed that are running 5.1(3) prior to 5.1(3)N2(1b) may reboot due to memory exhaustion.

Background

Nexus 55xx switches with the LAN_BASE_SERVICES_PKG license installed can potentially restart due to "ipfib hap reset". It is not required that the L3 module be installed. The following can be observed in the output of show system reset-reason 


Reason: Reset triggered due to HA policy of Reset
Service: ipfib hap reset

The issue is due to Memory Leak in "ipfib" processes . 

The leak is around 1.8-2MB per day. The system will restart when 250 MB is leaked. This results in a system reboot after almost 130 days. 

To identify the current memory allocation for ipfib process, use the following command and check for "MemAlloc". If you observe the MemAlloc is close to 250000000(250MB) the system may be at risk of an unexpected reboot. 

switch# sh processes mem

PID MemAlloc StkSize RSSMem LibMem StackBase/Ptr Process
---- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------------- ---------
1 159744 86016 618496 1716224 bffc4e50/bffc4940 init

3272 261722112 86016 284368896 37801984 bfc95ec0/bfc94b5c ipfib

Problem Symptoms

The Nexus 5000 system with LAN_BASE_SERVICES_PKG license installed that are running 5.1(3) prior to 5.1(3)N2(1b) may restart due to memory depletion and report a restart reason of "ipfib hap reset".

Workaround/Solution

Nexus 55xx systems should be restarted before the ipfib process reaches 250MB of memory use or be upgraded to 5.1(3)N2(1b) or any 5.2(1)N1(1) or later Nexus 5000 software release. If the switch hardware and software configurations permit, customers may also downgrade to 5.0(3) releases of the Nexus 5000 software. 

The issue is present in all 5.1(3) releases and the fix in the 5.1(3) train is present in 5.1.(3)N2(1b).

DDTS

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DDTS Description
CSCub31212 (registered customers only) System restart with reason "ipfib hap reset".

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