After configuration of NTP, an error appears in the Scanner log: Cannot assign requested address


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Messaging Gateway


  • During an installation of a Symantec Messaging Gateway (SMG) scanner or wen doing post-install NTP configuration the Scanner logs indicate that a requested IPv6 address cannot be assigned.  The error messages will appear similar to the following:


Nov 15 12:25:49 (err) ntpd[3225]: bind() fd 19, family 10, port 123, scope 0, addr fec0:0:200 :240:20c:29ff:fe3f:80e6, in6_is_addr_multicast=0 flags=1 fails: Cannot assign requested address

NOTE: The above error line is referencing the IPv6 address of  fec0:0:200 :240:20c:29ff:fe3f:80e6 



 SMG is incorrectly attempting to auto-negotated IPv6 connections to NTP servers and is logging error messages for these failed attempts.


Symantec Corporation has acknowledged that the above-mentioned issue is present in the current version(s) of the product(s) mentioned at the end of this article.


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This issue is currently being considered by Symantec to be addressed in the next major revision of the product.

There are no plans to address this issue by way of a patch or hotfix in the current or previous versions of the software at the present time.

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These are a benign error messages and can be ignored.