An Azure Linux VM on a 3.10-based kernel panics after a host node upgrade

This article discusses a problem that occurs when an Azure Linux VM that's running the 3.10-based kernel crashes after a host node upgrade in Azure.

Original product version:   Virtual Machine running Linux, Virtual Machine running RedHat
Original KB number:   3212236

Symptoms

Consider the following scenario:

  • You have a Microsoft Azure Linux virtual machine (VM) that is running a RHEL/CentOS-based distribution with a Linux kernel version earlier than version 3.10.0-327.10.1, including those that are included with:

    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 and 7.0
    • CentOS 7.1 and 7.0
    • Oracle Linux 7.1 and 7.0 with Red Hat-compatible kernel
  • A Memory preserving update operation occurs on an Azure host node.

In this scenario, the VM becomes unresponsive, and a VM panic that resembles the following is logged in the Linux serial log:

[11480839.438577] Call Trace:
[11480839.439615] [<ffffffff816045b6>] dump_stack+0x19/0x1b
[11480839.441556] [<ffffffff8106e29b>] warn_slowpath_common+0x6b/0xb0
[11480839.443818] [<ffffffff8106e33c>] warn_slowpath_fmt+0x5c/0x80
[11480839.445983] [<ffffffff8123e585>] sysfs_add_one+0xa5/0xd0
[11480839.447983] [<ffffffff8123e77c>] create_dir+0x7c/0xe0
[11480839.449876] [<ffffffff8123eb29>] sysfs_create_dir+0xa9/0x130
[11480839.451971] [<ffffffff812d74ab>] kobject_add_internal+0xbb/0x2f0
[11480839.454310] [<ffffffff812d79e5>] kobject_add+0x75/0xd0
[11480839.456236] [<ffffffff813cfa85>] device_add+0x125/0x7a0
[11480839.458167] [<ffffffff813df9fc>] ? __pm_runtime_resume+0x5c/0x80
[11480839.460469] [<ffffffff813fe9cc>] scsi_sysfs_add_sdev+0xac/0x280
[11480839.462628] [<ffffffff813fcfbb>] do_scan_async+0x7b/0x150
[11480839.464632] [<ffffffff8109e849>] async_run_entry_fn+0x39/0x120
[11480839.467170] [<ffffffff8108f0cb>] process_one_work+0x17b/0x470
[11480839.469354] [<ffffffff8108fe9b>] worker_thread+0x11b/0x400
[11480839.472310] [<ffffffff8108fd80>] ? rescuer_thread+0x400/0x400
[11480839.475265] [<ffffffff8109727f>] kthread+0xcf/0xe0
[11480839.477904] [<ffffffff810971b0>] ? kthread_create_on_node+0x140/0x140
[11480839.481074] [<ffffffff81614358>] ret_from_fork+0x58/0x90
[11480839.483873] [<ffffffff810971b0>] ? kthread_create_on_node+0x140/0x140
[11480839.487072] ---[ end trace 1f7736c59e96a8a0 ]---
[11480839.489584] ------------[ cut here ]------------
......
[11480864.118093] Call Trace:
[11480864.118093] [<ffffffff815f2535>] klist_put+0x25/0xa0
[11480864.118093] [<ffffffff815f25be>] klist_del+0xe/0x10
[11480864.118093] [<ffffffff813ce908>] device_del+0x58/0x1f0
[11480864.118093] [<ffffffff813ceabe>] device_unregister+0x1e/0x60
[11480864.118093] [<ffffffff812c36ee>] bsg_unregister_queue+0x5e/0xa0
[11480864.118093] [<ffffffff813fec49>] __scsi_remove_device+0xa9/0xd0
[11480864.118093] [<ffffffff813fcfc7>] do_scan_async+0x87/0x150
[11480864.118093] [<ffffffff8109e849>] async_run_entry_fn+0x39/0x120
[11480864.118093] [<ffffffff8108f0cb>] process_one_work+0x17b/0x470
[11480864.118093] [<ffffffff8108fe9b>] worker_thread+0x11b/0x400
[11480864.118093] [<ffffffff8108fd80>] ? rescuer_thread+0x400/0x400
[11480864.118093] [<ffffffff8109727f>] kthread+0xcf/0xe0
[11480864.118093] [<ffffffff810971b0>] ? kthread_create_on_node+0x140/0x140
[11480864.118093] [<ffffffff81614358>] ret_from_fork+0x58/0x90
[11480864.118093] [<ffffffff810971b0>] ? kthread_create_on_node+0x140/0x140

Cause

This problem may be caused by faulty locking logic in the SCSI subsystem that is exposed when a SCSI disk is removed from a running RHEL/CentOS-based VM guest on a Microsoft Hyper-V host.

Resolution

To fix this problem and restore functionality, manually restart the VM.

To avoid this problem in the future, update to kernel version 3.10.0-327.10.1 or a later version, including those found in:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2
  • CentOS 7.2
  • Oracle Linux 7.2 with Red Hat-compatible kernel

More Information

For more information about Endorsed Linux distributions and open-source technologies in Azure, see Support for Linux and open source technology in Azure.

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