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The salt-minion.service fails when the minion has 2 IP addresses. Python exception 'illegal IP address string passed to inet_pton'

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SUSE Manager Versions Affected:
SUSE Manager 4.1
SUSE Manager 4.2

Client Environments Affected:
RHEL 7 Expanded Support


After upgrading salt packages to version 3000-46.156.1, the salt-minion.service (on minions with two IP addresses in an interface) fails with python exception 'illegal IP address string passed to inet_pton'.



Engineering has released package updates that resolve the issue.

The following can be run to identify the patch status, and install package updates if needed.

For impacted SLES 12 systems:

# zypper lp -a -b1193565
# zypper patch -b1193565

Fixed package version(s) - SLES 12
salt-minion >= 3000-53.1             
python2-salt >= 3000-53.1               
salt >= 3000-53.1          

For impacted RES 7 systems:

# yum check-update --bzs=1193565
# yum update --bzs=1193565

Fixed package version(s) - RES 7
salt-minion >= 3000-192.1            
python2 >= salt-3000-192.1           
salt >= 3000-192.1


Previous, PTF involved solution

A temporary patch (Program Temporary Fix) had been made available for client systems affected by this situation. Since the issue can impact the SUSE Manager client registration process, if a client system is impacted by this issue, the packages containing the fix may need to be installed manually.

Mass PTF:
SLE 12 x86_64 -

SLE 12 ppc64le -

RES 7 -

Best practice for applying Program Temporary Fixes (PTFs) -

For impacted SLES 12 x86_64 clients install the following packages from the above link, then run `systemctl restart salt-minion`:

For impacted SLES 12 ppc64le clients install the following packages from the above link, then run `systemctl restart salt-minion`:

For impacted RHEL/RES 7 clients install the following packages from the above link, then run `systemctl restart salt-minion`


Issue in grains code for clients that use python2-salt packages.


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  • Document ID:000020527
  • Creation Date: 15-Mar-2022
  • Modified Date:15-Mar-2022
    • SUSE Manager

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