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RT-AX89X going out of memory every 10 minutes (asd process?)

shievan
Level 8

Hello, my router froze up overnight, so I rebooted it, and ever since the logs are showing that it is going OOM about every 10 minutes. First it starts spamming:

May 17 10:44:26 kernel: [ 5872.720019] wlan: [0:E:QDF] NBUF alloc failed 12107B @ dp_get_ppdu_desc:3430
May 17 10:44:26 kernel: [ 5873.235497] wlan: [0:E:QDF] NBUF alloc failed 12107B @ dp_get_ppdu_desc:3430
May 17 10:44:27 kernel: [ 5873.747543] wlan: [0:E:QDF] NBUF alloc failed 12107B @ dp_get_ppdu_desc:3430
May 17 10:44:27 kernel: [ 5874.259510] wlan: [0:E:QDF] NBUF alloc failed 12107B @ dp_get_ppdu_desc:3430
May 17 10:44:28 kernel: [ 5874.771556] wlan: [0:E:QDF] NBUF alloc failed 12107B @ dp_get_ppdu_desc:3430

Then it looks like a high memory killer kicks in and kills a process called asd:

May 17 10:44:30 kernel: [ 5876.819570] wlan: [0:E:QDF] NBUF alloc failed 12107B @ dp_get_ppdu_desc:3430
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.219109] mcsd invoked oom-killer: gfp_mask=0x24004c0, order=2, oom_score_adj=0
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.219144] CPU: 2 PID: 20987 Comm: mcsd Tainted: P                4.4.60 #1
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.225567] Hardware name: Generic DT based system
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.232709] [<8022001c>] (unwind_backtrace) from [<8021c8c4>] (show_stack+0x10/0x14)
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.237296] [<8021c8c4>] (show_stack) from [<803b8590>] (dump_stack+0x78/0x98)
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.245195] [<803b8590>] (dump_stack) from [<802a7d38>] (dump_header+0x44/0x164)
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.252241] [<802a7d38>] (dump_header) from [<802a825c>] (oom_kill_process+0xcc/0x448)
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.259775] [<802a825c>] (oom_kill_process) from [<802a8924>] (out_of_memory+0x2e4/0x354)
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.267520] [<802a8924>] (out_of_memory) from [<802ac4d4>] (__alloc_pages_nodemask+0x67c/0x738)
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.275752] [<802ac4d4>] (__alloc_pages_nodemask) from [<802ac5a0>] (__get_free_pages+0x10/0x24)
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.284275] [<802ac5a0>] (__get_free_pages) from [<80225d70>] (pgd_alloc+0x18/0x144)
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.293301] [<80225d70>] (pgd_alloc) from [<80228478>] (mm_init+0xcc/0x138)
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.301027] [<80228478>] (mm_init) from [<802e1854>] (do_execveat_common+0x284/0x5f4)
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.307697] [<802e1854>] (do_execveat_common) from [<802e1bf0>] (do_execve+0x2c/0x34)
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.315695] [<802e1bf0>] (do_execve) from [<80209bc0>] (ret_fast_syscall+0x0/0x34)
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.323544] Mem-Info:
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.331211] active_anon:161197 inactive_anon:1485 isolated_anon:0
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.331211]  active_file:90 inactive_file:127 isolated_file:7
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.331211]  unevictable:0 dirty:52 writeback:1 unstable:0
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.331211]  slab_reclaimable:875 slab_unreclaimable:31662
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.331211]  mapped:220 shmem:1513 pagetables:602 bounce:0
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.331211]  free:4778 free_pcp:4 free_cma:0
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.331557] wlan: [0:E:QDF] NBUF alloc failed 12107B @ dp_get_ppdu_desc:3430
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.365795] Normal free:18404kB min:3752kB low:4688kB high:5628kB active_anon:644788kB inactive_anon:5940kB active_file:648kB inactive_file:916kB unevictable:0kB isolated(anon):0kB isolated(file):128kB present:898048kB managed:881836kB mlocked:0kB dirty:208kB writeback:4kB mapped:1176kB shmem:6052kB slab_reclaimable:3500kB slab_unreclaimable:126648kB kernel_stack:1432kB pagetables:2408kB unstable:0kB bounce:0kB free_pcp:544kB local_pcp:0kB free_cma:0kB writeback_tmp:0kB pages_
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.395533] lowmem_reserve[]: 0 0 0
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.421214] Normal: 4597*4kB (U) 0*8kB 0*16kB 0*32kB 0*64kB 0*128kB 0*256kB 0*512kB 0*1024kB 0*2048kB 0*4096kB = 18388kB
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.431371] 2010 total pagecache pages
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.432161] 0 pages in swap cache
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.435905] Swap cache stats: add 0, delete 0, find 0/0
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.439280] Free swap  = 0kB
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.444308] Total swap = 0kB
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.447454] 224512 pages RAM
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.450298] 0 pages HighMem/MovableOnly
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.453163] 4053 pages reserved
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.457046] Out of memory: Kill process 9710 (asd) score 684 or sacrifice child
May 17 10:44:31 kernel: [ 5877.459867] Killed process 9710 (asd) total-vm:625440kB, anon-rss:621348kB, file-rss:60kB

 Looking back at when the router locked up initially overnight, it seems like it tried to look for a firmware update automatically around 4am, (which is strange because I have auto updates turned off), then started spamming the 'NBUF alloc failed' message:

May 17 03:48:01 WATCHDOG: [FAUPGRADE][auto_firmware_check:(7616)]do webs_update
May 17 03:48:05 WATCHDOG: [FAUPGRADE][auto_firmware_check:(7634)]retrieve firmware information
May 17 03:48:05 WATCHDOG: [FAUPGRADE][auto_firmware_check:(7649)]fimrware update check first time
May 17 03:48:05 WATCHDOG: [FAUPGRADE][auto_firmware_check:(7682)]no need to upgrade firmware
May 17 03:48:35 WATCHDOG: [FAUPGRADE][auto_firmware_check:(7616)]do webs_update
May 17 03:48:35 WATCHDOG: [FAUPGRADE][auto_firmware_check:(7634)]retrieve firmware information
May 17 03:48:35 WATCHDOG: [FAUPGRADE][auto_firmware_check:(7654)]fimrware update check once
May 17 03:49:05 WATCHDOG: [FAUPGRADE][auto_firmware_check:(7616)]do webs_update
May 17 03:49:05 WATCHDOG: [FAUPGRADE][auto_firmware_check:(7634)]retrieve firmware information
May 17 03:49:05 WATCHDOG: [FAUPGRADE][auto_firmware_check:(7654)]fimrware update check once
May 17 03:49:35 WATCHDOG: [FAUPGRADE][auto_firmware_check:(7616)]do webs_update
May 17 03:49:35 WATCHDOG: [FAUPGRADE][auto_firmware_check:(7634)]retrieve firmware information
May 17 03:49:35 WATCHDOG: [FAUPGRADE][auto_firmware_check:(7649)]fimrware update check first time
May 17 03:49:35 WATCHDOG: [FAUPGRADE][auto_firmware_check:(7682)]no need to upgrade firmware
May 17 03:57:55 kernel: [1382843.922889] wlan: [0:E:QDF] NBUF alloc failed 12107B @ dp_get_ppdu_desc:3430
May 17 03:57:55 kernel: [1382844.435933] wlan: [0:E:QDF] NBUF alloc failed 12107B @ dp_get_ppdu_desc:3430
May 17 03:57:56 kernel: [1382845.012988] wlan: [0:E:QDF] NBUF alloc failed 12107B @ dp_get_ppdu_desc:3430
May 17 03:57:56 kernel: [1382845.525014] wlan: [0:E:QDF] NBUF alloc failed 12107B @ dp_get_ppdu_desc:3430

 Any help greatly appreciated!

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Tonio007
Level 7

I created an account to come here and say thanks to everyone who posted.

Like you, a few hours ago I woke up with no connection at home here in France, to finally find out that my router was in a bad state : no more wifi networks available, and not able to connect to the web UI. After messing around to diagnose the stuff, rebooting the router, observing that it's back working... but then it stops working again... so rebooting again and looking at the logs... all that drove me to this thread.

So relieved to see it's not just my unit (that router is a bit expensive...), and so grateful to folks who went for full diagnosis and proposed solutions.
Personally, I just went for palito007 's proposal, i.e. deleting the chknvram20230516 file and rebooting, and so far, I'm not getting the issue anymore.
I think it's the fastest way to workaround the issue.

Many thanks to all.

How to delete "chknvram20230518" file? Step-by-step plz.

You need to have telnet or ssh enabled. I used ssh.
So if not enabled, between 2 crashes of the router, enable SSH (in Administration / System). Choose LAN only, choose a port, let's say 2215, and choose yes to "Allow Password Login".

CONNECT
---
MacOS or linux:
connect by doing this in a terminal:
ssh admin@<your router IP> -p 2215
and type the admin account password when invited.

Windows
Download and use PuTTY sofware to connect to your router, specifying the IP and port, user (admin) and password.

DELETE THE FILE
---
Once connected, from the prompt: simply do:
rm /jffs/asd/chknvram20230516
and then type
exit
to close

Then, you can use the router's UI to reboot it. Or using the switch.

Deleted, thanks a lot! Now file "chknvram20230518" there.

I hope there will no problems now. Thnx again!

Now RAM Used 78MB and CPU idle. Was 200+ mb and CPU 100%

This absolutely worked on my GS-AX3000. Thanks!

titou10
Level 8

The RT-AX56U has a new firmware to download and hopefully will solve the problem.

It is not (yet?) visible from the ASUS site but can be downloaded direclty from the router

The thead for the RT-AX56U similar problem is here: https://rog-forum.asus.com/t5/gaming-routers/rt-ax56u-high-cpu-and-high-ram-leading-to-stop-routing-...

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titou10
Level 8

it seems todays's firmware v3.0.0.4.386_51665-g8072e52 on the RT-AX56U solved the problem

crossing fingers for you guys that the firmware for the RT-AX89X will come soon

MrSusa
Level 8

Waiting firmware update for RT-AC85P

3.0.0.4.382_52516-gcca929d for now with this problems.

Douridas
Level 8

Do we know if there is an update for the rt-ax89x?

After three support phone calls and two tickets I finally got a hold of ASUS person, and they acknowledge that there is a problem across the board for the Asus routers. Their solution is to rebuild the router. Not an option for me. I downgraded the firmware from 47468 (10/18/22) to 47191 (4/5/22) and that fixed the problem.