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Bug#410010: linux-image-2.6.18-3-amd64: Panic When BNX2 Ring Buffer Fills

Package: linux-image-2.6.18-3-amd64
Version: 2.6.18-7
Severity: critical
Tags: patch
Justification: breaks the whole system

The Linux kernel in Etch does not yet contain the following patch:


While running our NFS server in Etch, it began panicing in the BNX2
driver sometimes as often as once every 15 minutes, leading to loss of
sync with the clients and even loss of some data.  This bug seems to
affect all systems using the BNX2 networking driver.  I created a new
kernel package from the Etch linux-source-2.6.18 (2.6.18-7
Debian:testing) with just the above patch applied, and have been running
that, and it seems that has solved the problem.

I believe this simple patch must be backported into the etch kernel
right away - certainly before Etch's release.  Otherwise, this
hard-to-track bug will cause the highest-usage affected machines to
crash without warning, especially at times of highest load.  This
network driver seems to be the one which will be used for all the Dell
PowerEdge 1950/2950 servers, so the impact will probably rather

Let me know if I can provide any further information.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 3.1
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Kernel: Linux 2.6.18-3-amd64
Locale: LANG=en_US, LC_CTYPE=en_US (charmap=ISO-8859-1)

Versions of packages linux-image-2.6.18-3-amd64 depends on:
ii  coreutils                  5.2.1-2       The GNU core utilities
ii  debconf [debconf-2.0]     Debian configuration management sy
ii  e2fsprogs                  1.37-2sarge1  ext2 file system utilities and lib
ii  initramfs-tools [linux-ini 0.85b~bpo.1   tools for generating an initramfs
ii  module-init-tools          3.2.2-3~bpo.1 tools for managing Linux kernel mo

-- debconf information excluded

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