OpenWrt/LEDE Project

  • Status Unconfirmed
  • Percent Complete
  • Task Type Bug Report
  • Category Base system
  • Assigned To No-one
  • Operating System All
  • Severity High
  • Priority Very Low
  • Reported Version openwrt-21.02
  • Due in Version Undecided
  • Due Date Undecided
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Attached to Project: OpenWrt/LEDE Project
Opened by Robert - 21.10.2021

FS#4102 - netifd intermittently fails to bring up wireguard interface

I have a wireguard interface that is defined in UCI, which normally works well. Sometimes following a device reboot, wireguard will not be brought up at all. When I then try to bring up the interface manually using “ifup wg0”, the setup code is not even called. Rebooting the router beings back normal wireguard functionality.

I have seen this on 21.02 (ramips & ath79), 21.02-rc3 (ramips), and 19.07.3 (ar71xx).

It happens most frequently following an automatic 3am reboot. It is difficult to reproduce on demand in the middle of the day. I can cause it to happen in about 20% of 3am reboots by using a domain name for the wireguard peer which is a CNAME pointing to a CNAME pointing to a CNAME pointing to an A record.

@vgaetera thinks there might be a race condition in netifd, which is why I have tagged this report.

I have several routers in this state presently and can do any requested testing on them.

Other people are also seeing the same issue. One person reports seeing the issue also when using an ip address for the peer (no DNS). A link to the forum discussion is


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