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SubjectPROBLEM: PATCH for 2.4.23-pre4 and up hang on one system
submitted Sat Nov  8 13:08:55 HST 2003 by Beau E. Cox <>

[1.] One line summary of the problem:

Patch that fixes my problem:
Starting with 2.4.23-pre4 my system hangs during startup and/or is
generally unstable (see patch in [ X. ] below.)

[2.] Full description of the problem/report:

Origionally I had catagorized this problem with the startup sequence;
the system always seemed to hang when squid was started before
mysql, etc. Moving squid near the end of the startup process, I
thought the problem was in hand. However, the system (pre9) proved
unstable (would not stay up for longer than one day.)

The problem exhibits itself with a solid 'hang'; no oops, no dumps,

[ 3. ] - [ 7. ]

See previous posting; no hardware or configuration changes.

[X.] Other notes, patches, fixes, workarounds:

This patch to net/ipv4/netfilter/ip_nat_core.c fixed my problem
in all 2.4.23 versions pre4 - pre9:

--- linux-2.4.23-pre4/net/ipv4/netfilter/ip_nat_core.c 2003-11-08
03:01:59.000000000 -1000
+++ linux-2.4.23-pre3/net/ipv4/netfilter/ip_nat_core.c 2003-11-08
03:00:47.000000000 -1000
@@ -157,8 +157,8 @@

- if (!(mr->range[i].flags & IP_NAT_RANGE_PROTO_SPECIFIED)
- || proto->in_range(&newtuple, IP_NAT_MANIP_SRC,
+ if ((mr->range[i].flags & IP_NAT_RANGE_PROTO_SPECIFIED)
+ && proto->in_range(&newtuple, IP_NAT_MANIP_SRC,
&mr->range[i].min, &mr->range[i].max))
return 1;
It is simply a rollback of changes to ip_nat_core.c made in

Since my patch is to ip_nat_core.c, I should mention that I use
NAT via iptables. Here is an the relevant section if my iptables
startup script:

# setup nat
echo " applying nat rules"
echo ""
$iptables -F FORWARD
$iptables -F -t nat
$iptables -P FORWARD DROP
$iptables -A FORWARD -i eth0 -j ACCEPT
$iptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -j ACCEPT
$iptables -A OUTPUT -o eth0 -j ACCEPT
$iptables -A FORWARD -m state --state ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT
$iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -s -o eth1 -j SNAT --to-source

All the information I can think of relating to this problem is at:

Please see the README file.

I am NOT a kernel programmer. The patch above was arrived at
by hit-or-miss. I REALLY don't know what I am doing (but
my system works now!)
Aloha => Beau;

PS: Please let me know if you need more information.

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