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logout of ssh sessions delayed for seconds for root

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 2
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 Service Pack 2


When logging off a ssh session connected to a SLE11SP2 based system, an unusual high delay (~24 seconds) is experienced. Settings the sshd into debug mode shows long wait times on
debug1: session_pty_cleanup: session 0 release /dev/pts/2

Checking the process using strace with time stamps (strace -r -f -o filename.txt ssh user@hostname) reveals:
3947       0.000053 select(7, [3 4], [], NULL, NULL) = ? ERESTARTNOHAND (To be restarted)
3947      14.296950 --- SIGWINCH (Window changed) @ 0 (0) ---
3947       0.000047 rt_sigaction(SIGWINCH, NULL, {0x7f1f0a9fd860, [], SA_RESTORER, 0x7f1f08675bf0}, 8) = 0
3947       0.000074 rt_sigreturn(0x1c)  = -1 EINTR (Interrupted system call)
3947       0.000068 ioctl(4, TIOCGWINSZ, {ws_row=72, ws_col=192, ws_xpixel=0, ws_ypixel=0}) = 0
3947       0.000082 select(7, [3 4], [3], NULL, NULL) = 1 (out [3])
3947       0.000074 write(3, " \320_W\22\6\234\342\210\260oC\246\243\203\366\225C\367\367\246.\344\362^\334\373TD\222\237\243"..., 64) = 64
3947       0.000096 select(7, [3 4], [], NULL, NULL) = 1 (in [3])
3947      10.740011 read(3, "\362p`\23\233\\\351\21p\17E\245\202\325\364\366\360\202\211\263/\3432\2+\335\362\223\36\340\266]"..., 8192) = 160
3947       0.000097 close(4) 

This issue is only encountered for the root user, not normal users. Tracing the network traffic shows DNS A and AAAA queries which timeout.


Please update to openssh-5.1p1-41.55.1 or later.


This issue may get experienced if /etc/resolv.conf contains nameserver entries which cannot be queried by the client. While root quits the ssh session, a DNS A and AAAA query is sent which times out and causes the delay. One situation where is is experienced is when bind9 was configured as caching-only nameserver.

Please check which nameserver cannot be queried by the client and remove the entry from /etc/resolv.conf.

Additional Information

In addition to the mentioned available fix, /etc/ssh/sshd_config needs to be edited and the default setting
#UseDNS yes

needs to be changed to
UseDNS no

Restart sshd to apply the change:
rcsshd restart


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  • Document ID:7009365
  • Creation Date: 12-Jun-2012
  • Modified Date:28-Sep-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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