[Equipment] Intel 82574L ethernet controller Packet of Death-SIP
Here is a snippet from the blog. There is a patch from Intel and a test method to see if your switch is effected in the full blog posting:
Let me elaborate on that for a second. When I say bring down an ethernet controller I mean BRING DOWN an ethernet controller. The system and ethernet interfaces would appear fine and then after a random amount of traffic the interface would report a hardware error (lost communication with PHY) and lose link. Literally the link lights on the switch and interface would go out. It was dead.
Nothing but a power cycle would bring it back. Attempting to reload the kernel module or reboot the machine would result in a PCI scan error. The interface was dead until the machine was physically powered down and powered back on. In many cases, for our customers, this meant a truck roll.
While debugging with this very patient reseller I started stopping the packet captures as soon as the interface dropped. Eventually I caught on to a pattern: the last packet out of the interface was always a 100 Trying provisional response, and it was always a specific length. Not only that, I ended up tracing this (Asterisk) response to a specific phone manufacturers INVITE.
Re: [Equipment] Intel 82574L ethernet controller Packet of Death Kristian did some seriously deep investigation & debugging to track this down. Impressive work.
Apparently this is not actually an issue with the Intel NIC, it was the fault of an incorrectly programmed EEPROM of a particular motherboard vendor.
That's a relief. My pfSense router has those NICs.
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I have an Intel Gigabit CT desktop adapter, are those affected?
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