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Subject2.4.23 - repeated Oops with invalid EIP
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(please Cc: replies to johan@ekenberg.se)

Description:
"out of the blue" we started getting very frequent oopses on two large Internet servers.
EIP is invalid, always starting with f7.
Oopses reproduced with several different kernels including 2.4.23 "vanilla" (see below).
*All* hardware has been replaced but oopses remain.

Hardware:
SMP P3 and SMP P4 XEON
DAC960 raid controller

Software:
Apache/PHP/MySQL/Sendmail/Pureftpd etc (the usual Internet stuff)
No changes in the setup to explain oopses.

Kernels:
2.4.18-pre8 (previously used > 18 months w/o any problems)
2.4.22 (running ~ two months w/o any problems)
2.4.23 (just tried today)
all completely static - no modules used
all with patches for grsecurity and reiserfs-quota
2.4.23 also tried without any patches at all, but same results

Kernel config: http://www19.aname.net/~johan/2.4.23-grsec-reiserquota-config.txt

Sample oops:
ksymoops -m /path/to/System.map < oops.txt:
===============================================================================
Oops: 0000
CPU: 0
EIP: 0010:[<f784d7ab>] Not tainted
Using defaults from ksymoops -t elf32-i386 -a i386
EFLAGS: 00010282
eax: bffffcf4 ebx: c37f4000 ecx: f784a000 edx: 00000000
esi: c0106deb edi: 0000000b ebp: c37f5fb8 esp: c37f5f80
ds: 0018 es: 0018 ss: 0018
Process ssh (pid: 18899, stackpage=c37f5000)
Stack: ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff 00000003 00000012 00000282 bffffcf4 eb7c6000
00000000 eb7c6000 c01059ff c37f4000 c0106deb 0000000b bffff7b0 f784d99f
00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
Call Trace: [<c01059ff>] [<c0106deb>]
Code: 8b 42 04 83 f8 ff c7 45 f0 20 00 00 00 c7 45 ec 3a 0a 00 00

>>EIP; f784d7aa <END_OF_CODE+37507676/????> <=====
Trace; c01059fe <sys_execve+4e/60>
Trace; c0106dea <system_call+32/38>
Code; f784d7aa <END_OF_CODE+37507676/????>
0000000000000000 <_EIP>:
Code; f784d7aa <END_OF_CODE+37507676/????> <=====
0: 8b 42 04 mov 0x4(%edx),%eax <=====
Code; f784d7ac <END_OF_CODE+37507678/????>
3: 83 f8 ff cmp $0xffffffff,%eax
Code; f784d7b0 <END_OF_CODE+3750767c/????>
6: c7 45 f0 20 00 00 00 movl $0x20,0xfffffff0(%ebp)
Code; f784d7b6 <END_OF_CODE+37507682/????>
d: c7 45 ec 3a 0a 00 00 movl $0xa3a,0xffffffec(%ebp)
=================================================================================

Regards,
/Johan Ekenberg - Sweden

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