SSSD Child was terminated by own WATCHDOG

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 all Service Packs
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications all Service Packs


A child process of sssd.service experiences a time out and is shut down by its watchdog, causing service disruption:
● sssd.service - System Security Services Daemon
Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/sssd.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Sun 2024-01-07 15:49:49 UTC; 1 day 15h ago
Process: 2288 ExecStart=/usr/sbin/sssd -i ${DEBUG_LOGGER} (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
Main PID: 2288 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)

Jan 07 15:49:37 Hostname sssd[2288]: Child [2362] ('nss':'nss') was terminated by own WATCHDOG. Consult corresponding logs to figure out the reason.
Jan 07 15:49:37 Hostname nss[48209]: Starting up
Jan 07 15:49:39 Hostname nss[48459]: Starting up
Jan 07 15:49:43 Hostname nss[49097]: Starting up
Jan 07 15:49:43 Hostname sssd[2288]: Exiting the SSSD. Could not restart critical service [nss]


Modify the timeout setting within the appropriate section ([domain/...], [nss], or [pam]) of the /etc/sssd/sssd.conf file.  Identify the specific sssd service encountering termination from the watchdog and adjust the timeout value accordingly.

The updated value should be determined based on the number of cached users and groups, with suggested settings ranging from 20 to 30 seconds.  Note that the default timeout is set at 10 seconds.

Example for /etc/sssd/sssd.conf:                
timeout = 20
Restart the SSSD service after making the change:
# systemctl restart sssd


While elevating the timeout values can act as a temporary solution, it is crucial to investigate the underlying cause of the watchdog termination.  Additionally, it's worth noting that if the processing of group membership is notably sluggish, there is a possibility of the watchdog terminating the sssd_be process.

The log indicates a prolonged blockage in the sssd_be process, exceeding the 10 seconds default timeout. To pinpoint the issue, activate sssd debugging (debug_level = 9) in /etc/sssd/sssd.conf, especially under [$domain].  After the problem reoccurs, note the timestamp of the termination event in /var/log/sssd/sssd_$domain.log. Check the last operation before this timestamp to identify the cause.  If watchdog terminates sssd_nss or sssd_pam, follow the same process using the respective sssd log.


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  • Document ID:000021345
  • Creation Date: 01-Feb-2024
  • Modified Date:08-Feb-2024
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

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