SNMP Community Name Other Than public or private Does Not Respond in the Solaris 10 SEA snmpdx Subagent

(Doc ID 1484641.1)

Last updated on JULY 29, 2016

Applies to:

Solaris Operating System - Version 10 3/05 to 10 1/13 U11 [Release 10.0]
Information in this document applies to any platform.


A program that is a SNMP subagent that utilizes the Solaris 10 SEA libraries to register with snmpdx, will not respond to snmpget or snmpwalk queries when a community name other than public or private is used. It can return a error such as the following example where the community name of "test" was used.

# /usr/sfw/bin/snmpget -v 1 -c test sysDescr.0 Error in packet Reason: (noSuchName) There is no such variable name in this MIB. Failed object: SNMPv2-MIB::sysDescr.0

It at times can also return a NULL response.

Solaris 10's SMA's snmpd is running as a master agent and SEA's snmpdx is running as a subagent, proxy agent. In this situation there was a third party subagent that would register and communicate with snmpd. It had a developed SNMP subagent written for the SEA and usings its librariees. This may have been via the SEA Toolkit suipplied several years ago.

It was noted that a snmpget can be done when using the community name of public. Once it was configured to use a unique community name in addition to public and private, it fails to respond to its OID. It can return a Error in packet.. messages or a response of NULL:

Successful query example:

# /usr/sfw/bin/snmpget -v 1 -c test localhost . SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises. = STRING: "Version 1.2.6"

Unsuccessful query example:

#/usr/sfw/bin/snmpget -v 1 -c test localhost . SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises. = NULL



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