Checkrad problem with Acct-Unique-Session-Id

Alan DeKok aland at
Sat Nov 14 15:15:00 CET 2015

On Nov 14, 2015, at 8:30 AM, SC SCx <kredaxx at> wrote:
> The access request received has a different Acct-Session-Id:
> 7427566-L_pppoe1-1 (the previous one was: 7427542-L_pppoe1-1)

  Which is allowed.  BUT if you need to delete the old session, you need to use the old Acct-Session-Id.

> Since this Access-Request has a different Acct-Session-Id, the hash value
> of Acct-Unique-Session-Id is different.

  Yes.  Use the old Acct-Session-Id for the "delete old session".  Or, don't use an Acct-Session-Id.  Just key off of the old session information.

> An update query is called to remove the stale session, but because of the
> different Acct-Unique-Session-Id it doesn't match the previous session
> entry.
>  UPDATE radacct SET acctstoptime = FROM_UNIXTIME(1447427566),
> acctsessiontime    = 192, acctinputoctets  = '0' << 32 | '0',
> acctoutputoctets = '0' << 32 | '0', acctterminatecause = '',
> connectinfo_stop = '' WHERE AcctUniqueId =
> '9785b846930595ba6d83f5955a13fa1d'

  Which uses the old Acct-Session-Id...

> Then a queued? (Says 'trying next query...') query is called which inserts
> a new session entry to radacct table:

  It can't do an update, so it fails over to insert.

  Which it shouldn't do for the "delete old session" functionality.  If the old session doesn't exist, it shouldn't do anything.

  The underlying problem here is that the server assumes Access-Request packets don't contain Acct-Session-Id.  On top of that, the "session" functionality has code to create a fake Accounting-Request "stop" packet, and you can't manually edit the contents of that packet.  And, it runs the accounting packet through the normal accounting section... instead of a specific "stop session" section.

  What you *can* do is check for this fake packet in the accounting section.

accounting {
	if (outer.request:User-Name) {
		# it's a fake accounting packet	
		# do special things to delete old sessions	


	... existing accounting stuff...


  Arran and I are re-doing the server architecture for 3.1.  That should make all of this much easier and more consistent.

  Alan DeKok.

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