FreeBSD 11 Stable on a Xen :: bridge0 crashing server

Trond Endrestøl Trond.Endrestol at
Fri Jan 20 15:58:07 UTC 2017

On Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:26-0000, SK wrote:

> Dear List members
> Apologies for cross posting to two other lists -- was not sure which one is
> more appropriate for this, as it may be related to stable, xen or
> virtualization.
> Here is the situation:
> I have a VPS server from a well reputed provider (and they deserve the
> reputation), running FreeBSD 11 stable x64 under Xen Full Virtualization
> (HVM). I have the xn0 interface which is working fine. I intend to use VIMAGE,
> so I compiled the kernel, added cloned_interface="bridge0" and restarted the
> server. But as soon as I am attaching the xn0 to bridge0, the kernel is
> panicking and the server restarting.
> The provider confirmed that they found similar behaviour on a freshly
> installed/provisioned FreeBSD 11 x64 system.
> Further to that, the provider ran some tests, and what they are telling me is
> if they install/provision FreeBSD 10 x64, there is no problem with attaching
> bridge0 to xn0. Then they updated/upgraded that box to FreeBSD 11 x64, and
> that too worked when they attached bridge0 to xn0. However, they are yet to
> come back with my request to build a custom kernel with options VIMAGE and try
> it out.
> In the meanwhile, I took a crash dump and followed the FreeBSD handbook (not
> that it gave me much idea, I'm not a programmer nor am at that level of
> skillsets). The dump/debug is available at for
> anyone who is interested.
> Just wondering how to go about it. I do need to have bridge0 with xn0 and all
> the epairs I'm going to use for my jails.
> Any suggestion/pointer/test-instruction is highly appreciated.

The code crashes at line 427 of sys/netinet/if_ether.c:



stable/11 has problems accounting the outgoing octets of any xn 
interface, although this isn't connected to your case.

Just to rule out any uncertainty, try this patch:

See PR 213439,

Note, I'm not a developer nor a committer, just a humble sysadmin.

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