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[Archive] [SRX] st0 interfaces stay up even when the Physical Interface is down



Article ID: KB21227 KB Last Updated: 26 Feb 2020Version: 4.0
This article describes the issue of the st0 interfaces being up, even when the Physical Interface is down.
  • Route-Based VPN using st0 interfaces.
  • Optimized VPN Monitoring must be configured.
  • IKE must be set to the aggressive mode.
  • Dynamic-to-Static Site-to-Site VPN Connection, in which only Clients can send connection requests out to establish the IPSec tunnel to the Servers. Servers don't have any knowledge of their prospective Clients.
  • Dynamic host must be set locally on VPN Server, as a method of IKE ID authentication.
  • Tunnels must be set to Establish Immediately 
  • SRX Junos OS 10.3R3.7, 10.4R1.9,10.4R9.2, 11.2R6.3, 11.4R1.6 and 11.4R2.14

SRX-A========Internet===========Remote Client


ike {
    proposal stand {
        authentication-method pre-shared-keys;
        authentication-algorithm sha1;
        encryption-algorithm 3des-cbc;
        lifetime-seconds 180;
    policy ike-policy-repro {
        mode aggressive;
        proposals stand;
        pre-shared-key ascii-text "$ABC123"; ## SECRET-DATA
    gateway ike-gw-repro {
        ike-policy ike-policy-repro;
        dynamic hostname;
        external-interface ge-0/0/2;
ipsec {
    vpn-monitor-options {
        interval 10;
        threshold 8;
    proposal stand {
        protocol esp;
        authentication-algorithm hmac-sha1-96;
        encryption-algorithm 3des-cbc;
        lifetime-seconds 180;
    policy stand {
        perfect-forward-secrecy {
            keys group2;
        proposals stand;
    vpn ipsec-vpn-repro {
        bind-interface st0.1;
        vpn-monitor {
            source-interface ge-0/0/2;
        ike {
            gateway ike-gw-repro;
            ipsec-policy stand;

The issue is that the physical interface is down, but st0.X is still shown as Up. The concern is that if the tunnel is down (i.e. no IKE or IPsec), why are the st0.X interfaces showing as Up?
In addition, a reboot does not fix the issue.
 The issue is due to a bug in the Junos OS code.
  • This behavior is not seen in IKE Main Mode or when both sides are statically configured.
  • This behavior is not noticed in Junos 10.0, 10.3R4, 11.3R1, 11.2R1, 11.1R2, and 10.4R5.
  • The issue has been fixed in all the newer Junos OS releases
  • The release note for this bug can be viewed here: PR591975
Modification History:
2020-02-26: minor non-technical edits.

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