include the OpenNSL GPL modules with the Kernel in Bionic

Bug #1751897 reported by Luke Williams on 2018-02-26
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linux (Ubuntu)
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Bionic
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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 6.5.12.

We would like to have the kernel modules included with the LTS Bionic 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.

These modules are included in the Xenial LTS kernel (4.4).

Luke Williams (wililupy) on 2018-02-26
summary: - include the OpenNSL GPL modules with the Kernel
+ include the OpenNSL GPL modules with the Kernel in Bionic

This bug is missing log files that will aid in diagnosing the problem. While running an Ubuntu kernel (not a mainline or third-party kernel) please enter the following command in a terminal window:

apport-collect 1751897

and then change the status of the bug to 'Confirmed'.

If, due to the nature of the issue you have encountered, you are unable to run this command, please add a comment stating that fact and change the bug status to 'Confirmed'.

This change has been made by an automated script, maintained by the Ubuntu Kernel Team.

Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
tags: added: bionic
Changed in linux (Ubuntu Bionic):
status: Incomplete → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Medium
tags: added: kernel-da-key
Seth Forshee (sforshee) on 2018-03-16
Changed in linux (Ubuntu Bionic):
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
status: Fix Committed → Triaged
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