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Re: [Qemu-devel] [RFH] qemu-2.6 memory corruption with OVMF and linux-4.9




Hello,

Am 17.06.2017 um 18:51 schrieb Laszlo Ersek:
> (I also recommend using the "vbindiff" tool for such problems, it is
> great for picking out patterns.)
> 
>           ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **   8  9 ** ** ** 13 14 15
>           -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --  -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
> 00000000  01 e8 00 00 00 00 00 00  8c 5e 00 00 00 10 ff f1
> 00000010  5b 78 8a 3e 00 00 00 00  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
> 00000020  8c 77 00 00 00 12 00 02  18 f0 00 00 00 00 00 00
> 00000030  00 1e 00 00 00 00 00 00  8c 8c 00 00 00 12 00 02
> 00000040  07 70 00 00 00 00 00 00  00 14 00 00 00 00 00 00
> 00000050  8c 9c 00 00 00 12 00 02  22 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
> 00000060  00 40 00 00 00 00 00 00  8c ac 00 00 00 10 ff f1
> 
> 00000000  01 e8 00 00 00 00 00 00  00 3c 00 00 00 17 00 00
> 00000010  5b 78 8a 3e 00 00 00 00  00 3c 00 00 00 07 00 00
> 00000020  8c 77 00 00 00 12 00 02  00 3c 00 00 00 07 00 00
> 00000030  00 1e 00 00 00 00 00 00  00 3c 00 00 00 17 00 00
> 00000040  07 70 00 00 00 00 00 00  00 3c 00 00 00 07 00 00
> 00000050  8c 9c 00 00 00 12 00 02  00 3c 00 00 00 07 00 00
> 00000060  00 40 00 00 00 00 00 00  00 3c 00 00 00 17 00 00
>           -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --  -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
>           ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **   8  9 ** ** ** 13 14 15
> 
> The columns that I marked with "**" are identical between "good" and
> "bad". (These are columns 0-7, 10-12.)
> 
> Column 8 is overwritten by zeros (every 16th byte).
> 
> Column 9 is overwritten by 0x3c (every 16th byte).
> 
> Column 13 is super interesting. The most significant nibble in that
> column is not disturbed. And, in the least significant nibble, the least
> significant three bits are turned on. Basically, the corruption could be
> described, for this column (i.e., every 16th byte), as
> 
>   bad = good | 0x7
> 
> Column 14 is overwritten by zeros (every 16th byte).
> 
> Column 15 is overwritten by zeros (every 16th byte).
> 
> My take is that your host machine has faulty RAM. Please run memtest86+
> or something similar.

I will do so, but for me very unlikely:
- it never happens with BIOS, only with OVMF
- for each test I start q new QEMU process, which should use a different
memory region
- it repeatedly hits e1000 or libata.ko

After updating from OVMF to 0~20161202.7bbe0b3e-1 from
(0~20160813.de74668f-2 it has not yet happened again.

Anyway, thank you for your help.

Philipp