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  • While working with SNMPv3 with a specific SNMP agent, we encountered problems with SNMPv3 “Time synchronization”, some research determined that this error could be ignored, so modifying the Net::SNMP Perl library could workaround this problem.
  • If you encounter the 'Time synchronization failed during discovery' error using the perl Net::SNMP library there may be a fairly easy work around.  It may be as easy as editing the Net::SNMP module to not invoke this error.  The following advice should be executed as root.
  • The following was done with the Net::SNMP Version 6.0.1 package.  If this library is upgraded, this patch may need to be reapplied.

Find Net::SNMP

In order to find where Net::SNMP is on the subject system issue the following command.

# find /usr/ -type f -path "*/Net/SNMP.pm"
/usr/local/share/perl5/Net/SNMP.pm
/usr/share/perl5/Net/SNMP.pm

If you are unfortunate as in the above example, two SNMP.pm files may be returned.  In order to determine which one perl is invoking use the perl -V command.

# perl -V | grep -A 30 @INC
  @INC:
    /usr/local/lib64/perl5
    /usr/local/share/perl5
    /usr/lib64/perl5/vendor_perl
    /usr/share/perl5/vendor_perl
    /usr/lib64/perl5
    /usr/share/perl5
    .
# 

The @INC array is a list of directories that perl looks in to find modules.  This is a top down, first match find operation.  Based on this the version in /usr/local/share/perl5/Net will be utilized because it will be found first.

Edit Net::SNMP

We were able to get the agent to work by doing the following:

  • Commenting out part of the if statement on line 2545. (The if statement will need to be re-written)
  • Commenting out lines 2562 through 2565.
SNMP.pm v5.2.0
2544    if (($this->{_security}->discovered) &&
2545        ($this->{_error} =~ /usmStatsNotInTimeWindows/))
2546    {
2547       $this->_error_clear;
2548 
2549       DEBUG_INFO('discovery and synchronization complete');
2550 
2551       # Discovery is complete, send any pending messages
2552       while (my $q = shift(@{$this->{_discovery_queue}})) {
2553          $DISPATCHER->send_pdu(@{$q});
2554       }
2555 
2556       return TRUE;
2557    }
2558 
2559    # If we received the usmStatsNotInTimeWindows report or no error, but 
2560    # we are still not synchronized, provide a generic error message.
2561 
2562    if ((!$this->{_error}) || ($this->{_error} =~ /usmStatsNotInTimeWindows/)) {
2563       $this->_error_clear;
2564       $this->_error('Time synchronization failed during discovery');
2565    }
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