I’m generally not very fond of reporting on security breaches or bugs, but OSNews reader and Mandriva employee Adam Williamson warned us of a pretty serious bug in pre-releases of the Linux kernel. “A major bug has been found in the e1000e module (which supports some Intel onboard ethernet adapters) in Linux kernel 2.6.27 pre-releases (up to and including 2.6.27rc7). It can cause the EEPROM of the adapter to become corrupted, rendering it non-functional. This may affect current pre-releases of distributions. Mandriva has posted a detailed notification about the issue, as has SUSE.” So, watch out.
Major Corruption Bug in e1000e Driver in Linux Kernel 2.6.27
Submitted by AdamW 2008-09-23 Linux 9 Comments
All your 1000-baseT are belong to us.
I haven’t RTFA, but I have been generally following the situation. Apparently, trying to use Intel’s utility to fix it sometimes helps and sometimes makes it worse. I’ve heard that a bios flash does fix it. YMMV. Thank God my 1000baseT is a crappy low end one! (I’m running an affected kernel.)