Include Broadcom GPL modules in Xenial Kernel

Bug #1665783 reported by Luke Williams on 2017-02-17
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Xenial
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Jesse Sung
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Bug Description

Please include the OpenNSL GPL modules with the Kernel.
These modules are located at https://github.com/Broadcom-Switch/OpenNSL.
The latest SDK version is 6.5.6.
We would like to have the kernel modules included with the LTS Xenial kernel so that we can provide these modules to network vendors so that they don't have to compile them and taint our working kernel.
We would want to manage these modules so that we can perform updates and security fixes to the kernel and even use kernel-livepatch with these devices.
Currently, Network vendors compile and build these against older kernel's and then they cannot be patched or updated leaving network devices vulnerable to security threats that normally would be patched by our systems. By having us manage these modules, we can maintain security and compatibility with the kernel and the network vendors can use our native kernel with their software.

The three modules that get built are linux-kernel-bde.ko, linux-user-bde,ko and linux-bcm-knet.ko.

If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

CVE References

Tim Gardner (timg-tpi) wrote :
affects: linux-lts-xenial (Ubuntu) → linux (Ubuntu)
Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
milestone: ubuntu-16.04.2 → none
Changed in linux (Ubuntu Xenial):
assignee: nobody → Tim Gardner (timg-tpi)
status: New → In Progress
Changed in linux (Ubuntu Zesty):
assignee: Tim Gardner (timg-tpi) → nobody
status: New → Invalid
Changed in linux (Ubuntu Xenial):
assignee: Tim Gardner (timg-tpi) → Jesse Sung (wenchien)
Changed in linux (Ubuntu Xenial):
status: In Progress → Fix Committed

This bug is awaiting verification that the kernel in -proposed solves the problem. Please test the kernel and update this bug with the results. If the problem is solved, change the tag 'verification-needed-xenial' to 'verification-done-xenial'. If the problem still exists, change the tag 'verification-needed-xenial' to 'verification-failed-xenial'.

If verification is not done by 5 working days from today, this fix will be dropped from the source code, and this bug will be closed.

See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/EnableProposed for documentation how to enable and use -proposed. Thank you!

tags: added: verification-needed-xenial
Jesse Sung (wenchien) on 2017-09-06
tags: added: verification-done-xenial
removed: verification-needed-xenial
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :
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This bug was fixed in the package linux - 4.4.0-96.119

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linux (4.4.0-96.119) xenial; urgency=low

  * linux: 4.4.0-96.119 -proposed tracker (LP: #1716613)

  * kernel panic -not syncing: Fatal exception: panic_on_oops (LP: #1708399)
    - s390/mm: no local TLB flush for clearing-by-ASCE IDTE
    - SAUCE: s390/mm: fix local TLB flushing vs. detach of an mm address space
    - SAUCE: s390/mm: fix race on mm->context.flush_mm

  * CVE-2017-1000251
    - Bluetooth: Properly check L2CAP config option output buffer length

linux (4.4.0-95.118) xenial; urgency=low

  * linux: 4.4.0-95.118 -proposed tracker (LP: #1715651)

  * Xenial update to 4.4.78 stable release broke Address Sanitizer
    (LP: #1715636)
    - mm: revert x86_64 and arm64 ELF_ET_DYN_BASE base changes

linux (4.4.0-94.117) xenial; urgency=low

  * linux: 4.4.0-94.117 -proposed tracker (LP: #1713462)

  * mwifiex causes kernel oops when AP mode is enabled (LP: #1712746)
    - SAUCE: net/wireless: do not dereference invalid pointer
    - SAUCE: mwifiex: do not dereference invalid pointer

  * Backport more recent Broadcom bnxt_en driver (LP: #1711056)
    - SAUCE: bnxt_en_bpo: Import bnxt_en driver version 1.8.1
    - SAUCE: bnxt_en_bpo: Drop distro out-of-tree detection logic
    - SAUCE: bnxt_en_bpo: Remove unnecessary compile flags
    - SAUCE: bnxt_en_bpo: Move config settings to Kconfig
    - SAUCE: bnxt_en_bpo: Remove PCI_IDs handled by the regular driver
    - SAUCE: bnxt_en_bpo: Rename the backport driver to bnxt_en_bpo
    - bnxt_en_bpo: [Config] Enable CONFIG_BNXT_BPO=m

  * HID: multitouch: Support ALPS PTP Stick and Touchpad devices (LP: #1712481)
    - HID: multitouch: Support PTP Stick and Touchpad device
    - SAUCE: HID: multitouch: Support ALPS PTP stick with pid 0x120A

  * igb: Support using Broadcom 54616 as PHY (LP: #1712024)
    - SAUCE: igb: add support for using Broadcom 54616 as PHY

  * IPR driver causes multipath to fail paths/stuck IO on Medium Errors
    (LP: #1682644)
    - scsi: ipr: do not set DID_PASSTHROUGH on CHECK CONDITION

  * accessing /dev/hvc1 with stress-ng on Ubuntu xenial causes crash
    (LP: #1711401)
    - tty/hvc: Use IRQF_SHARED for OPAL hvc consoles

  * memory-hotplug test needs to be fixed (LP: #1710868)
    - selftests: typo correction for memory-hotplug test
    - selftests: check hot-pluggagble memory for memory-hotplug test
    - selftests: check percentage range for memory-hotplug test
    - selftests: add missing test name in memory-hotplug test
    - selftests: fix memory-hotplug test

  * HP lt4132 LTE/HSPA+ 4G Module (03f0:a31d) does not work (LP: #1707643)
    - net: cdc_mbim: apply "NDP to end" quirk to HP lt4132

  * Migrating KSM page causes the VM lock up as the KSM page merging list is too
    large (LP: #1680513)
    - ksm: introduce ksm_max_page_sharing per page deduplication limit
    - ksm: fix use after free with merge_across_nodes = 0
    - ksm: cleanup stable_node chain collapse case
    - ksm: swap the two output parameters of chain/chain_prune
    - ksm: optimize refile of stable_node_dup at the head of the chain

  * sort ABI files with C.UTF-8 locale (LP: #1712345)
    - [Packaging] sort ABI ...

Changed in linux (Ubuntu Xenial):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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