Over the last couple weeks, since we received the Core Agent update to 2.19.8 on 10/4, we've had multiple older machines freeze completely. Screen freezes, no keyboard or mouse, NIC unresponsive. We have to do a hard shut down to bring them down and back up. Not positive that this update is the culprit, but on the computers that have been freezing 2 to 3 times a day, we uninstalled Sophos and they've been behaving for a couple days now.
Models affected: HP xw4400, HP xw4600, Z400. All have been running Win10 21H1 with last update back in September. "Newer" computers (e.g. Z420, Z4 G4) have not had this problem. Event logs show nothing out of the ordinary around the time of crash.
Just curious if anybody else has run into this in the last week.
If anyone is still having the issue, I suspect the issue is with some form of memory scanning.
If you use Process Hacker to inspect the memory (memory tab) of the audiodg,exe process, regardless of Sophos…
Our customer has same problem with HP Compaq 8100 Elite CMT PCs since October, and now they find that the freeze often occurs when Google Chrome is opened.
The same, it will not freeze after removing Sophos Endpoint.
I'm glad I'm not the only one, though it doesn't seem to matter whether chrome is involved or not. So far the majority of the computers that have been crashing are just used for RDP and nothing else because of their age.
Are you able to force a complete or active dump of the computer when in the hung state? Say 30 seconds after it's hung? This is the information of most use here I would say.
Turned on the dump on power off, but the last couple computers that crashed with didn't dump anything. I noticed the event log lists that the unexpected shutdown is always at the time of the freeze rather than when it's actually powered off.
Maybe try the crash on ctrl scroll option, or change the keys if you don't have a scroll lock. A complete dump is the best way forward for a hang otherwise you could be trying settings for weeks if it's not reproducible.
No dice with that either. Computers are completely unresponsive and take no input. The event log considers them shutdown in this state even when they are still technically on.
Our customer's computers didn't dump anything too, even keyboard force dump.
Hi Sophos User5115, may I ask your Broadcom NetXtreme driver names ? you can check it on msinfo32.exe > Software Environment > System Drivers > sort by "Description" and check the name of all the Broadcom NetXtreme components, thank you.
All three affected HP models (xw4400, xw4600, Z400) are using the Broadcom NetXtreme driver b57nd60a. Oddly we have around 70 of these models and only 20 have been affected that have been reported to me.
The other option is to involve another computer and try setting up kernel debugging over the network as detailed here:
Setting Up KDNET Network Kernel Debugging Manually - Windows drivers | Microsoft Docs
Essentially you get the IP address of the "good" machine you're going to connect from with WinDbg. E.g. 192.168.1.5
On the target computer to be debugged, the failing computer in this case, run the following in an admin prompt:
bcdedit /debug on
bcdedit /dbgsettings net hostip:192.168.1.5 port:50000
This will print you a key you need to copy to the "good" computer.
You can then launch Windbg on the "good" machine, choose Kernel Debugging and use the Key under the Net type.
It will try and connect, If you reboot the target, so the bcdedit commands take, when it comes back up you should be connected to it in WinDbg from the good computer.
When the "target" computer has the issue, when connected, you can run ".crash" in Windbg to bugcheck the "bad" computer. This should create a MEMORY.DMP dump under \windows\ on the bad computer. Ensure it's set to create a complete or active dump.
Maybe this could work?
I'm attempting this now on one of the more problematic computers. I've had it running in debug for five days and it hasn't crashed yet, so a bit frustrating. Thought maybe it could be a corrupted user profile, but this has happened to freshly imaged computers also.
Hi Sophos User5115
Good day, have you successfully got the dump?
I found our customer's affect computers (6 HP Compaq 8100 Elite CMT PC + 1 ASUSPC) all have Broadcom Netxtreme drivers b57nd60a, ebdrv, b06bdrv , where b57nd60a is same with yours, but all of them have no actual Broadcom Netxtreme Network card hardware on the computer, only drivers placed in the system by the manufacturer, you can not see them in the Device Manager but you can see them in the msinfo32.exe and C:\Windows\System32\drivers.
They had tried to rename these driver''s extension from .sys to .old in C:\Windows\System32\drivers to unload them few days ago, but the freeze still occurred that time.