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SubjectTG3, kvm, ipv6 & tso data corruption bug?
I have been tracking down what I thought was a KVM related network
issue for a while, however it appears it could be a hardware issue.

The symptom is that data in network packets gets corrupted, before
the checksum is calculated. This means the remote host can get
corrupted data, with no way to calculate it (except application
level checksums). Luckily ssh has such checksums, so my rsync over
ssh backup script discovered this issue.

On a very regular basis, I got this message from ssh:

Corrupted MAC on input.

I have played around a bit and narrowed it down to the following:

ipv4 => no problem
ipv6 w/o tso => no problem
ipv6 with tso => occasional data corruption

Disabling tso with ethtool -K eth0 tso off makes the problem stop.

I am running Fedora 12's 2.6.31.1-56.fc12.x86_64 kernel, with the
following hardware:

05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5761
Gigabit Ethernet PCIe (rev 10)

I do not know enough about the network layer to know whether this is
fixable in software or whether TSO offloading for ipv6 should just
be disabled on this model.

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