Linux guests under RHEV 3.0 hang or go to 'Down' status unexpectedly

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  • Guests under RHEV 3.0 unexpectedly hang (stop responding) or crashes and reboots. This can be triggered by a number of circumstances:

    • Crash may occur during live migration, crashing just after "setting migration downtime to 300" message
    • Crash may occur when attempting to halt the guest
    • Crash may occur at other times
  • The crash may have a backtrace such as:

--- <NMI exception stack> ---
 #6 [ffff81031fcf6fd8] iret_label at ffffffff8005d67c
    [ NMI exception stack recursion: prior stack location overwritten ]


  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV-M) 3.0
    • RHEV 3.1 and 3.2 may also be affected, but it appears to be much harder to trigger this bug on those versions
  • Hypervisor (RHEL or RHEV-H):
    • kernel-2.6.32-358.el6.x86_64
    • qemu-kvm-
  • Linux guest (RHEL 5, RHEL 6, possibly other Linux distros)
  • NMI watchdog is enabled in guest

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