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Azure Load-Balancer Detection Hardening

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SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension 12


The Setup Guides for SLES High Availability on Azure describe setting up the floating IP of the Cluster with an additional Resource of type anything, for example

crm configure primitive nc_NW1_nfs anything \
  params binfile="/usr/bin/nc" cmdline_options="-l -k 61000" \
  op monitor timeout=20s interval=10 depth=0

which configures the anything Resource Type to use the

to listen to the Azure Loadbalancer. Without this functionality the Floating Cluster IP is not reachable.

The used binary is the old and trusty netcat, which in itself is fine.

During testing it was revealed that in some scenarios, due to the backlog in nc being hardcoded to 1 and the general limitations of the nc, this can lead to the resource being blocked

This shows in the system by checking the netstat, and the second row, which is the Rec-Q, it will show "2"

oldhanae2:~ # netstat -nlp | grep "\/nc "
tcp        2      0 *               LISTEN      12813/nc           

in this state the nc will not be listening to the loadbalancer requests anymore and as such the floating IP will not be available.


The suggested solution from SUSE in this case is to use not nc but the more powerful and reliable


To implement this, the rpm socat would be installed on the cluster node

       zypper in socat
then the resource stopped, using the above example that would be

    crm resource stop nc_NW1_nfs
which will make the node unavailable, downtime would be required

changing the configuration

    crm configure edit nc_NW1_nfs
primitive rsc_nc_HN1_HDB03 anything \
   params binfile="/usr/bin/nc" cmdline_options="-l -k 61000" \
   op monitor timeout=20s interval=10

primitive rsc_nc_HN1_HDB03 anything \
   params binfile="/usr/bin/socat" cmdline_options="-U TCP-LISTEN:61000,backlog=10,fork,reuseaddr /dev/null" \
   op monitor timeout=20s interval=10
and then starting the resource again.

    crm resource start nc_NW1_nfs

As anything just invokes an installed binary, the change is easy.

To sum it up again changes are

for the binary

    replace "/usr/bin/nc"    with    "/usr/bin/socat"

for the parameters

    replace "-l -k <MY-PORT>" with  "-U TCP-LISTEN:<MY-PORT>,backlog=10,fork,reuseaddr /dev/null"

Change Log

19-09-2019: original rschmid


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  • Document ID:7024128
  • Creation Date:19-SEP-19
  • Modified Date:27-SEP-19
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