"OSPF-neighbor-down"- software bug??

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"OSPF-neighbor-down"- software bug??

L4 Transporter

I'm currently running 8.1.10 on PA-820 firewalls. They are in A/P failover pair. Last night, all of a sudden primary firewall started showing "( eventid eq routed-OSPF-neighbor-down )" in system logs and OSPF went down. I failed over to secondary and connections were restored. These 2 firewalls are connected to 2 switchports which are both part of same VLAN and SVI.I verified both the switchports are sending ospf hello packets for every 10 seconds and verified them on packet capture. I interchanged the cables going to firewalls between switchports and that didn't recreate the issue.so this ruled out the switch/router from the equation. 

I am wondering if this is a software bug? if it is, why didn't both firewalls get hit?

or is it a hardware bug? please post your ideas.



L2 Linker

One switch or two switches ?

Checked STP topology changes ?

Checked logs on the switch ?

Do you have EtherChannel configured ?


Looking at the release notes, Can't spot any known issues related to OSPF. 

@Nehmaan I interchanges the cables to make sure it's not switching/routing issue. last night after a reboot and failover, adjacency came back up again. so, I think it's clearly a software bug.

Are these ports in aggregate or are you using spanning tree for fail-over (probably not a great idea in this situation).

Check your logs and (if this is an ISP link) get the ISP to check their router logs, to make sure you weren't hit by a UDP flood or other DoS/DDoS attack.


Prior to configuring Zone Protection and DoS Protection Profiles, and having our ISP configure DoS protection/monitoring on their end, we'd lose OSPF due to UDP floods preventing OSPF packets from getting through.


UDP flood attacks are generally very short in duration, under a minute or two, so they won't always show up in logs/monitoring tools unless you specifically look for them, but they'll easily saturate a gigabit link.  We had several of these attacks over the past year, and our PA-3020s couldn't handle the traffic (overload the session table) and we'd lose OSPF on our internal network.  We switches to PA-5220s this fall, and still suffered OSPF drops due to link saturation on our gigabit link.  We now have ZPP/DoS enabled, and our ISP is monitoring for DDoS attacks (anything over 3 minutes in length is automatically shutdown at the ISP side).

Last week I rebooted the problem firewall and failed-over to it. It was to my surprise that the issue was fixed and working fine now.


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