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ssh_init showing as cpuhog; can I remove/kill those sessions?

Our ASA 5505 is running very slowly, and causing slow response times from the servers sitting behind it. I'm seeing cpu usage of ~80% for the most part, and show processes cpu-hog looks like this:

 

Process:      ssh_init, PROC_PC_TOTAL: 2, MAXHOG: 11, LASTHOG: 11

LASTHOG At:   17:18:27 EDT Sep 3 2014

PC:           8063875 (suspend)

 

Process:      ssh_init, NUMHOG: 2, MAXHOG: 11, LASTHOG: 11

LASTHOG At:   17:18:27 EDT Sep 3 2014

PC:           8063875 (suspend)

Call stack:   8063875  8135e4b  9281694  929a5e8  9296265  9283a7e  92837ff

              92835d0  9272adf  926252c  928286a  92826e1  9271826  92622dc

 

Process:      ssh_init, PROC_PC_TOTAL: 17, MAXHOG: 14, LASTHOG: 11

LASTHOG At:   20:15:05 EDT Sep 11 2014

PC:           8bc05ad (suspend)

 

Process:      ssh_init, NUMHOG: 17, MAXHOG: 14, LASTHOG: 11

LASTHOG At:   20:15:05 EDT Sep 11 2014

PC:           8bc05ad (suspend)

Call stack:   8bc05ad  8bcd34d  8bcb29e  8bcb448  8bcc4d1  8bc5dc4  80626e3

            

 

Process:      Dispatch Unit, PROC_PC_TOTAL: 999, MAXHOG: 55, LASTHOG: 13

LASTHOG At:   17:22:42 EDT Sep 17 2014

PC:           81aba19 (suspend)

 

Process:      Dispatch Unit, NUMHOG: 999, MAXHOG: 55, LASTHOG: 13

LASTHOG At:   17:22:42 EDT Sep 17 2014

PC:           81aba19 (suspend)

Call stack:   81aba19  80626e3

 

Process:      ssh_init, PROC_PC_TOTAL: 38638, MAXHOG: 15, LASTHOG: 13

LASTHOG At:   17:43:02 EDT Sep 17 2014

PC:           8bc05fc (suspend)

 

Process:      ssh_init, NUMHOG: 38638, MAXHOG: 15, LASTHOG: 13

LASTHOG At:   17:43:02 EDT Sep 17 2014

PC:           8bc05fc (suspend)

Call stack:   8bc05fc  8bcd34d  8bcb29e  8bcb448  8bcc4d1  8bc5dc4  80626e3

            

I can't find any documentation that explains what the output of cpu-hog actually means, nor can I find anything explaining what ssh_init is (I can guess) and what it means if I see a number of them suspended. sh resource usage also shows:

 

Resource              Current         Peak      Limit        Denied Context
SSH                         2            5          5           162 System
Syslogs [rate]            542         3127        N/A             0 System
Conns                    5180         9256      25000             0 System
Xlates                    223         1254        N/A             0 System
Hosts                    3543         6839        N/A             0 System
Conns [rate]              238         3001        N/A             0 System
Inspects [rate]            19          226        N/A             0 System

 

Which seems like a lot of denied ssh sessions. sh processes cpu usage sorted shows:

PC         Thread       5Sec     1Min     5Min   Process
08c1215b   d5183090    25.3%     2.0%     0.4%   ssh_init
081ab744   d51ab260    21.3%    19.7%    20.4%   Dispatch Unit
092cc2d4   d51a0718     2.5%     3.3%     3.3%   esw_stats
08bf68e6   d51a53e0     1.0%     1.0%     1.0%   Logger

 

Lastly, I'm seeing a quickly increasing number of dropped packets on both my inside and outside interfaces with anywhere from 10-20 packets per second being dropped, which I suppose explains why everything is so slow on the network. I was wondering if I could clear those ssh_init sessions in some way to regain some cpu and see if that helps. Is there a way to do that other than rebooting? 

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Cisco Employee

Hello; If the hogs are

Hello;

 

If the hogs are actually causing an issue, you should see overruns on the interfaces, I mean a lot. Are you seeing those? Have you take a capture and compare the time when it gets and and how much it takes for the packet to leave the ASA?

 

Mike Rojas

Mike
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Cisco Employee

Hello; If the hogs are

Hello;

 

If the hogs are actually causing an issue, you should see overruns on the interfaces, I mean a lot. Are you seeing those? Have you take a capture and compare the time when it gets and and how much it takes for the packet to leave the ASA?

 

Mike Rojas

Mike
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Hi, I see. No, I have 0

Hi, 

I see. No, I have 0 overruns. It appears I was making an erroneous assumption that if my cpu usage is high, it has to be some sort of hogging process. Instead maybe it's simply the ASA is getting more traffic than it can handle. 

 

I have not done a packet capture like the one you described. I'll Google it and figure out how to do one. Will it add any additional load on an already bogged down ASA to do so? 

Cisco Employee

It should cause a bit latency

It should cause a bit latency, but almost unnoticeable. 

The capture would be stored on RAM, here is a link that you can use:

https://supportforums.cisco.com/document/69281/asa-using-packet-capture-troubleshoot-asa-firewall-configuration-and-scenarios

If you think you are having an oversubscription, you can sum up the the bytes per-second, input and output on each interface from the output "show traffic" excluding the internal Data interfaces. That way you would be able to see the throughput of the firewall.

 

Mike.

Mike
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