RHEL 7.4+ kernel crash with a NULL pointer dereference in vxlan_dellink+0xaa

Solution Verified - Updated -


  • A system running kernel-3.10.0-693.el7 or higher experiences a kernel panic with a backtrace similar to the following:

    PID: 2134   TASK: ffff94fd28908000  CPU: 46  COMMAND: "ovs-vswitchd"
     #0 [ffff94e4fc32f578] machine_kexec at ffffffff822629da
     #1 [ffff94e4fc32f5d8] __crash_kexec at ffffffff82316692
     #2 [ffff94e4fc32f6a8] crash_kexec at ffffffff82316780
     #3 [ffff94e4fc32f6c0] oops_end at ffffffff8291d728
     #4 [ffff94e4fc32f6e8] no_context at ffffffff8290c6cd
     #5 [ffff94e4fc32f738] __bad_area_nosemaphore at ffffffff8290c764
     #6 [ffff94e4fc32f788] bad_area_nosemaphore at ffffffff8290c8d5
     #7 [ffff94e4fc32f798] __do_page_fault at ffffffff829206e0
     #8 [ffff94e4fc32f800] do_page_fault at ffffffff829208d5
     #9 [ffff94e4fc32f830] page_fault at ffffffff8291c758
        [exception RIP: vxlan_dellink+170]
        RIP: ffffffffc0ca692a  RSP: ffff94e4fc32f8e8  RFLAGS: 00010246
        RAX: 0000000000000000  RBX: 0000000000000001  RCX: 0000000000000000
        RDX: 0000000000000000  RSI: ffffe114dc788300  RDI: ffff94e4de20cb00
        RBP: ffff94e4fc32f910   R8: ffff94e4de20e200   R9: 000000018040003c
        R10: 00000000de20d801  R11: ffffe114dc788300  R12: ffff94fe65b60000
        R13: ffffffff82f42160  R14: ffff94e4fc32f920  R15: ffffc61dbc611da0
        ORIG_RAX: ffffffffffffffff  CS: 0010  SS: 0018
    #10 [ffff94e4fc32f918] rtnl_delete_link at ffffffff82802c76
    #11 [ffff94e4fc32f948] ovs_netdev_tunnel_destroy at ffffffffc09eff79 [openvswitch]
    #12 [ffff94e4fc32f960] ovs_vport_del at ffffffffc09eed6c [openvswitch]
    #13 [ffff94e4fc32f978] ovs_dp_detach_port at ffffffffc09e5130 [openvswitch]
    #14 [ffff94e4fc32f988] ovs_vport_cmd_del at ffffffffc09e5263 [openvswitch]
    #15 [ffff94e4fc32f9d0] genl_family_rcv_msg at ffffffff8282bdd8
    #16 [ffff94e4fc32fa98] genl_rcv_msg at ffffffff8282c05b
    #17 [ffff94e4fc32fac8] netlink_rcv_skb at ffffffff8282a06b
    #18 [ffff94e4fc32faf0] genl_rcv at ffffffff8282a5a8
    #19 [ffff94e4fc32fb08] netlink_unicast at ffffffff828299f0
    #20 [ffff94e4fc32fb50] netlink_sendmsg at ffffffff82829d98
    #21 [ffff94e4fc32fbd8] sock_sendmsg at ffffffff827d1396
    #22 [ffff94e4fc32fd40] ___sys_sendmsg at ffffffff827d21a9
    #23 [ffff94e4fc32fed0] __sys_sendmsg at ffffffff827d37b1
    #24 [ffff94e4fc32ff40] sys_sendmsg at ffffffff827d3802
    #25 [ffff94e4fc32ff50] system_call_fastpath at ffffffff8292579b
        RIP: 00007f5048e89d0d  RSP: 00007fffa9e67650  RFLAGS: 00000293
        RAX: 000000000000002e  RBX: 00007fffa9e67398  RCX: ffffffffffffffff
        RDX: 0000000000000000  RSI: 00007fffa9e66690  RDI: 000000000000039b
        RBP: 0000000000000001   R8: 0000000000000000   R9: 0000000000000001
        R10: 0000000000000040  R11: 0000000000000293  R12: 00007f5040004af0
        R13: 00007fffa9e66b20  R14: 0000000000001244  R15: 00007fffa9e66690
        ORIG_RAX: 000000000000002e  CS: 0033  SS: 002b


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • kernel-3.10.0-693.el7 or above

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