Serious, potentially hardware-damaging e1000e driver issue on Intrepid - Ubuntu

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  1. Serious, potentially hardware-damaging e1000e driver issue on Intrepid

    Be aware:

    Serious, potentially hardware-damaging e1000e driver issue on Intrepid

    Dear developers,

    Reports have been coming in that the e1000e Ethernet driver for Intel GigE
    chipsets, as included upstream in Linux 2.6.27, may under certain conditions
    irreparably damage your Ethernet hardware by corrupting the on-board
    firmware.

    While we expect alphas to include a fair number of bugs, and rely on your
    continued support and testing to help resolve these bugs for Ubuntu
    releases, bugs that damage hardware are quite another matter. As a result
    of this bug we must recommend that users do *not* use Intrepid alphas,
    including the LiveCDs, on machines with Intel GigE Ethernet.

    Efforts to safeguard the hardware of affected users are ongoing, though
    initially this will consist of a workaround in the form of disabling the
    e1000e driver. Alpha 6 CD images will not be re-issued for this fix, so
    affected users are advised to either use daily CD images once a resolution
    is in place, or to wait for the release of the 8.10 beta, due to be released
    on October 2.

    Full announcement here:

    https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ub...er/000488.html


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  2. Re: Serious, potentially hardware-damaging e1000e driver issue onIntrepid

    John F. Morse wrote:
    > Serious, potentially hardware-damaging e1000e driver issue on Intrepid


    It's not just Intrepid. The latest Mandriva and SUSE, too:
    http://www.heise.de/english/newsticker/news/116431

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  3. Re: Serious, potentially hardware-damaging e1000e driver issue onIntrepid

    johnny bobby bee wrote:
    > It's not just Intrepid. The latest Mandriva and SUSE, too:
    > http://www.heise.de/english/newsticker/news/116431




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    As we enjoy great advantages from inventions of others, we should be
    glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours;
    and this we should do freely and generously.
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  4. Re: Serious, potentially hardware-damaging e1000e driver issue onIntrepid

    On Mon, 29 Sep 2008 23:06:46 -0500, John F. Morse wrote:

    > Serious, potentially hardware-damaging e1000e driver issue on Intrepid
    >
    > Reports have been coming in that the e1000e Ethernet driver for Intel
    > GigE chipsets, as included upstream in Linux 2.6.27, may under certain
    > conditions irreparably damage your Ethernet hardware by corrupting the
    > on-board firmware.


    Blame where it's due: Intel ethernet boards have their own opcodes. This
    time Intel decided to "borrow" an opcode and "re-use" it for firmware
    update instead of ethernet functions. It really is Intel's fault this
    time.

  5. Re: Serious, potentially hardware-damaging e1000e driver issue on Intrepid

    Roland Latour wrote:

    > On Mon, 29 Sep 2008 23:06:46 -0500, John F. Morse wrote:
    >
    >> Serious, potentially hardware-damaging e1000e driver issue on Intrepid
    >>
    >> Reports have been coming in that the e1000e Ethernet driver for Intel
    >> GigE chipsets, as included upstream in Linux 2.6.27, may under certain
    >> conditions irreparably damage your Ethernet hardware by corrupting the
    >> on-board firmware.

    >
    > Blame where it's due: Intel ethernet boards have their own opcodes. This
    > time Intel decided to "borrow" an opcode and "re-use" it for firmware
    > update instead of ethernet functions. It really is Intel's fault this
    > time.


    Reminds me of the LG burner issue where some "borrowed" code could lead to
    flashing the burner firmware with junk.

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