PfSense suddenly stopped routing
I've been running my pfSense for a few years on a homebuilt mini PC, and it's been working fine. It was working fine last night when I went to sleep. When I woke up this morning, it appeared to be hung—it was running, but trying to connect via a web browser resulted in a "Bad Gateway" message.
However, I was able to ssh in and use the shell, so the router itself was up and running. I used the command line menu to reboot it, and it worked fine for about two minutes, then it stopped routing and the GUI hung. I could still connect via SSH; rebooting again led to the same cycle of work-then-hang.
I SSH'd in and grabbed all the log files, and started browsing for anything that looked troublesome. Mostly there wasn't anything interesting, but the gateways.log file was filled with these messages:
pfSense dpinger: WAN_DHCP 184.108.40.206: sendto error: 65
The 50.38… address is the WAN router address as supplied by Frontier, and when I searched the web on the above error, it seems to indicate that my router has no path to that host. But then why would it work for a few minutes after rebooting, then go away?
Also, in the nginx.log, I have a lot of ehse entries:
May 11 05:57:28 pfSense pfsense.localdomain nginx: 2018/05/11 05:57:28 [error] 43623#100134: *1371 connect() to unix:/var/run/php-fpm.socket failed (61: Connection refused) while connecting to upstream, client: 192.168.2.27, server: , request: "GET / HTTP/1.1", upstream: "fastcgi://unix:/var/run/php-fpm.socket:", host: "192.168.2.1"
Finally, in system.log, tons of these:
May 11 05:59:14 pfSense check_reload_status: Could not connect to /var/run/php-fpm.socket
While I'm technical enough to get my router running and usually keep it running, I am now in way over my head, so any help is appreciated. Is this all caused by a problem at my provider, or did something change overnight while I was sleeping to cause pfSense to break?
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Please don't take this the wrong way; however, did you remembered pay your Internet bill? It would weird behavior for any router to just lost its routing ability overnight. Did you called your ISP?
Our bill is on auto-pay, so yes, it's been paid (and I've confirmed that the most recent one has been paid).
I haven't yet called the ISP because I can't point a finger at them as the problem just yet: The router routes for a bit after I reboot it, then stops, so I'm guessing they'll tell me it's my fault. (pfSense is not a supported device for them; if you're not using their router, they are usually unwilling to provide any sort of technical assistance, which I understand.)
More info: If I use the terminal interface to restart PHP-FPM, the router will route for a little bit of time then fail again. I'm really stumped.
Curious what version you're running and what packages you have installed.
Well, that was incredibly stupidly easy in the end … went to my FIOS box outside the house, unplugged and replugged the network cable that leads to the pfSense box, and all is fine now.
And yea, I guess my new project is to replace that cable.
Thanks for the help!