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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2008.0567 -- [Solaris]
On Solaris 10 the "nxge" Driver for Specific Ethernet Cards
May Report Excessive and Spurious Errors
2 June 2008
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: nxge Ethernet Driver
Publisher: Sun Microsystems
Operating System: Solaris
Impact: Denial of Service
Access: Existing Account
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Solution Type: Sun Alert
Solution 238045 : On Solaris 10 the "nxge" Driver for Specific
Ethernet Cards May Report Excessive and Spurious Errors
Bug ID: 6572623, 6573600, 6623776, 6625536
Solaris 10 Operating System
Date of Resolved Release: 30-May-2008
SA Document Body
On Solaris 10 the "nxge" Driver for Specific Ethernet Cards May Report
Spurious Errors (see below for details)
Systems using the "nxge" ethernet driver for Dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet or
Quad Gigabit Ethernet adapters may be affected by continuous "nxge"
messages which hamper interactive work on the system console. This issue
also causes spurious "nxge fm" reports to fill the /var file system and
an over consumption of CPU resources.
2. Contributing Factors
This issue may occur in the following releases:
Solaris 10 without patch 127111-08
Solaris 10 without patch 127112-08
The following are Network Interface Cards which use the "nxge" ethernet
501-7606 X4447A-Z Sun Multithreaded Quad GbE x8 PCIe Low Profile Adapter
501-7765 X7287A-Z Sun Multithreaded Quad GbE x8 PCIe ExpressModule
501-7283 X1027A-Z Sun Multithreaded 10 GbE Networking Card Low Profile Adapter
501-7626 X1028A-Z Sun Multithreaded 10 GbE Networking Card PCIe ExpressModule
501-7489 SESX7XA1Z Sun Dual 10GbE XAUI Card
The bundled package is SUNWnxge VERSION 11.10 and the unbundled package
is SUNWnxge VERSION 1.0.
The SUNWnxge package version can be obtained as follows:
# pkginfo -l SUNWnxge | grep VERSION
One or several of the symptoms below may be observed.
- Many nxge fma reports similar to the following:
# fmdump -eVu c6fa7b94-218b-650d-91ac-8f2306cd0a53
Jan 14 2008 08:29:17.231163950 ereport.io.service.unaffected
nvlist version: 0
class = ereport.io.service.unaffected
ena = 0x53b0bd901f400c01
detector = (embedded nvlist)
nvlist version: 0
version = 0x0
scheme = dev
device-path = /pci@2,600000/network@0,3
- Many "nxge_syserr_intr: device error - ZCP" WARNINGS are logged.
- Messages similar to the following interrupt the console:
SUNW-MSG-ID: SUNOS-8000-1L, TYPE: Defect, VER: 1, SEVERITY: Minor
EVENT-TIME: Mon Jan 14 14:44:15 PST 2008
PLATFORM: SUNW,SPARC-Enterprise-T5220, CSN: -, HOSTNAME:
SOURCE: eft, REV: 1.16
DESC: The EFT Diagnosis Engine encountered telemetry for which it is
unable to produce a diagnosis. Refer to http://sun.com/msg/SUNOS-8000-1L
for more information.
AUTO-RESPONSE: Error reports from the component will be logged for
examination by Sun.
IMPACT: Automated diagnosis and response for these events will not occur.
REC-ACTION: Run pkgchk -n SUNWfmd to ensure that fault management
software is installed properly. Contact Sun for support.
There is no workaround. Please see Resolution section below.
This issue is addressed in the following releases:
Solaris 10 with patch 127111-08 or later
Solaris 10 with patch 127112-08 or later
See patch README for patch requirements.
Special procedures are needed if using the unbundled version SUNWnxge 1.0.
The unbundled version needs to be removed and the bundled version
And then install the patches 127111-08 or 127112-08.
If using the unbundled SUNWnxge 1.0 version follow the instructions in
the following product Release Notes.
For Dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe-x8 Fiber Release Notes read
For Quad Gigabit Ethernet PCIe-x8 UTP Release Notes read
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