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Bug#577747: linux-image-2.6.32-5-amd64 - same bug, different HW

On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 05:26:52PM +0200, Jan Schermer wrote:
>  Update: It's not in SSH/crypto but a network problem
> I tried netcat over network and the file also got corrupted (5x OK, 1x
> corrupt, 1GB file - former swap file, so half random data and half zeroes).
> There are ~10 bytes corrupted in the middle of the file, very close
> together (on one page in vbindiff) - so probably one packet/fragment/frame.
> I also have tcpdump record of the whole connection - but nothing
> apparently fishy there.
> Right now I'm testing without netfilter enabled and so far so good (also
> had to reboot so it might have "fixed" itself).
> Memtest done without a problem via memtester on 75% of memory, proper
> memtest86 will be done tonight.
> Any suggestions where to go next? I'm thinking of making a 1GB plaintext
> file so that the corruption will be readable and searchable in a data
> stream and I can inspect the corrupted packets - but what to look for?

I've seen previous reports of bugs in the TSO[*] implementation in the
similar atl1e driver and/or hardware, so perhaps the atl1c driver or
hardware is also broken.  Unfortunately there is currently no way to
disable TSO in the driver, but we can change that.

Please build and install a kernel package with the attached patch,
following the instructions at
and then try disabling TSO using the ethtool command
('ethtool -K eth0 tso off').


[*] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TCP_segmentation_offloading

Ben Hutchings
We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking.
                                                              - Albert Camus

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