tg3 driver patch breaks L3DSR in RHEL 6.2.z and up

Solution Verified - Updated -


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 (2.6.32-220 and up)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3 (2.6.32-279 and up)
  • tg3 3.119 driver patch and up


  • In the RHEL6 kernel (2.6.32-220 and up), a bug was introduced in the tg3 3.119 driver patch that breaks the Layer 3 Direct-Server-Return (L3DSR) implementation.


  • A work-around has been confirmed until the patched kernel is released. As root, turn on "rx" via ethtool for the affected nic after the driver is loaded:
  # ethtool -K ethX rx on

When you pass 'rx on' to the network interface, the following code is executed:

static int tg3_set_rx_csum(struct net_device *dev, u32 data)
        struct tg3 *tp = netdev_priv(dev);

        if (tg3_flag(tp, BROKEN_CHECKSUMS)) {
                if (data != 0)
                        return -EINVAL;
                return 0;

        if (data)
>               tg3_flag_set(tp, RX_CHECKSUMS);   <-------
                tg3_flag_clear(tp, RX_CHECKSUMS);

        return 0;

This sets the same flag that isn't being set in the bug.

  • A patch has been generated to fix the issue and has been submitted for inclusion in the next kernel release:
--- drivers/net/tg3.c.orig      2012-06-08 14:17:09.900310052 -0500
+++ drivers/net/tg3.c   2012-06-08 14:22:29.386116709 -0500
@@ -15141,8 +15141,9 @@
        if (tp->pci_chip_rev_id != CHIPREV_ID_5700_B0) {
                features |= NETIF_F_SG | NETIF_F_IP_CSUM | NETIF_F_GRO;

-       if (tg3_flag(tp, 5755_PLUS))
-               features |= NETIF_F_IPV6_CSUM;
+               tg3_flag_set(tp, RX_CHECKSUMS);
+               if (tg3_flag(tp, 5755_PLUS))
+                       features |= NETIF_F_IPV6_CSUM;

        /* TSO is on by default on chips that support hardware TSO.

Root Cause

  • A one line code bug was introduced during the backporting process for the tg3 3.119 driver patch.


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