This bug was fixed in the package isc-dhcp - 4.3.5-3ubuntu4

isc-dhcp (4.3.5-3ubuntu4) bionic; urgency=medium

  * dhclient-script.linux: handle empty case also when waiting for ipv6 link
    local DAD. (LP: #1718568)

 -- Dan Streetman <>  Thu, 12 Oct 2017
08:48:06 -0400

** Changed in: isc-dhcp (Ubuntu Bionic)
       Status: In Progress => Fix Released

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  dhclient-script fails to wait for link-local address

Status in isc-dhcp package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released
Status in isc-dhcp source package in Trusty:
  In Progress
Status in isc-dhcp source package in Xenial:
  In Progress
Status in isc-dhcp source package in Zesty:
  Won't Fix
Status in isc-dhcp source package in Artful:
  In Progress
Status in isc-dhcp source package in Bionic:
  Fix Released
Status in isc-dhcp package in Debian:

Bug description:

  bug 1633479 made a change to isc-dhcp to wait for an interface's link-local 
ipv6 address to switch from 'tentative' to normal, because all link-local 
addresses briefly go through a 'tentative' state while the kernel is performing 
ipv6 link-local 'duplicate address detection' (DAD).  While in the 'tentative' 
state, dhclient can't take over the interface and send out
  dhcpv6 requests; it must wait until DAD completes.

  However, the change made in that bug does not account for the case
  where the 'tentative' check is done before the interface has even set
  up a link-local address; its case statement assumes if there is no
  'tentative' or 'dadfailed' string in the output, the link-local
  address is ready to use.  When the address check finds no address at
  all, this will return as successful, even though it shouldn't, and
  dhclient will fail to get the dhcpv6 address.

  [test case]

  on a system that is configured for dhcpv6 on one or more of its
  interfaces, repeatedly try to get the dhcpv6 address.  For interfaces
  that are slower to actually set up their initial tentative link-local
  address, they will occasionally fail, since the current code is a race
  between the kernel adding the tentative link-local address, and the
  dhclient-script.linux code checking the interface for a tentative

  with the patch to correct this, even interfaces slow to add their
  tentative link-local address should correctly wait for the address to
  get added, and then transition from tentative to normal, and then
  begin the dhcpv6 process.

  [regression potential]

  errors in this function can cause dhclient to fail to get a ipv6
  address for an interface; regression would happen if this patch makes
  it fail more than it already is failing, but would not cause other
  failures or problems after getting an ipv6 address; this patch will
  affect only startup-time.

  [other info]

  related bug 1633479

  [original description]


  If a interface does not yet have a link-local address (as it may have
  just been brought up), dhclient -6 <ifname> will fail. The built-in
  "wait for link-local address" loop does not function properly, causing
  DHCP failure.


  In trying to configure isc-dhcp-client 4.3.5-3ubuntu1 for IPv6 on
  Ubuntu 17.04, I was finding that on boot I was getting failures with
  the logged message "no link-local IPv6 address for <ifname>"

  I found that it took several seconds for the link-local address to be
  assigned when the interface came up (in this case, the ISP/modem-
  facing interface), and worked around it with a script that looks at

    /sbin/ifconfig $IFACE | /bin/fgrep -q 'scopeid 0x20'

  and loops for a fixed number of times for that to be successful.

  On looking at /sbin/dhclient-script it appears that it *tries* to do
  the same thing in

    # set the link up and wait for ipv6 link local dad to finish

  this code sets

    out=$(ip -6 -o address show dev "$dev" scope link)

  then checks it with a case statement inside of a loop for

          case " $out " in
              *\ dadfailed\ *)
                  error "$dev: ipv6 dad failed."
                  return 1;;
              *\ tentative\ *) :;;
              *) return 0;;

  If there is no link-local address, $out will be empty. The default
  case is taken, and the loop exits immediately:

  $ echo "'$out'" ; case " $out " in
  >     *\ dadfailed\ *)
  >         echo "dadfailed"
  >         ;;
  >     *\ tentative\ *)
  >         echo "tentative"
  >         ;;
  >     *)
  >         echo "default"
  > esac

  As a result, there is no "wait for link-local address" and when there
  is no link-local address, dhclient fails later on.

  Possible Fix:

  Adding "the missing case" for "no address" case that continues the
  loop is one possible solution.

  .        case " $out " in
  .            *\ dadfailed\ *)
  .                error "$dev: ipv6 dad failed."
  .                return 1;;
  .            *\ tentative\ *) :;;
  +            "  ")
  +                :
  +                ;;
  .            *) return 0;;
  .        esac

  At least in my situation, this prevents the failure of dhclient due to
  the link-local address not being "ready" yet.

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