Bug ID 757357: Tmm crashes when using virtio direct descriptors and packets 2 KB or larger

Last Modified: Mar 21, 2019

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Affected Product:  See more info
BIG-IP All(all modules)

Known Affected Versions:
13.1.0,,,,,,,,, 13.1.1,,,,, 14.0.0,,,,, 14.1.0,,,

Opened: Feb 01, 2019
Severity: 2-Critical


Some virtio backend implementations send large packets (2 KB or larger) even when LRO is disabled. If the backend uses direct descriptors, this combination might lead to a tmm core. The standard KVM implementation of virtio does not have this behavior.


Tmm may restart. Traffic disrupted while tmm restarts.


-- BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) using virtio interfaces with direct descriptors. -- A 2 KB or larger packet is delivered to the virtio interface.


Disable direct descriptors in the virtio backend.

Fix Information


Behavior Change