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Field Notice: FN - 63288 - "show tech" or "show hardware internal stats" May Lead to Switchover on Supervisor 2 Module Due to Kernel Panic, Run Alternate Patch Before Running Show tech or Upgrade Software

Field Notice: FN - 63243 - Microsoft Security patch MS09-014 causing IE 6.0 to crash while generating WebView reports and collecting logs for Support Tools

November 4, 2009


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Revision History

Revision Date Comment
1.0
04-NOV-2009
Initial Public Release.

Products Affected

Products Affected
MDS NX-OS - 4.1
MDS NX-OS - 4.2(1b)
MDS SAN OS - 3.3(4)

Problem Description

Executing any of the following commands on a MDS switch or collecting the same information via Fabric Manager may cause a kernel panic on the supervisor:

Version Offending Commands
3.3(4) show hardware internal mgmt0 stats
show hardware internal eobc stats
show tech-support
show tech-support details
tac-pac

4.1(x)
4.2(2) or below

show hardware internal mgmt0 stats
show hardware internal eobc stats
show tech-support
show tech-support details
tac-pac
show tech-support ha
show tech-support sysmgr


This issue is only applicable to switches with Supervisor 2 in MDS9506, MDS9509 or MDS9513 chassis. In a dual supervisor switch this will force a supervisor switchover. In single supervisor systems the switch will reload.

Issuing the commands in succession on a dual supervisor switch will cause a switch reload if the command is executed the second time before it is in a ha-standby state.

Background

The kernel panic is caused by running either of the following statistics commands:


show hardware internal mgmt0 stats
show hardware internal eobc stats


This issue only affects removable supervisor 2 modules.

Problem Symptoms

In a dual supervisor switch this will force a supervisor switchover. In single supervisor systems the switch will reload.

Workaround/Solution

Refrain from using "show hardware internal mgmt0 stats" and "show hardware internal eobc stats".

Before running "show tech-support", "show tech-support details" or "tacpac" (from FM/DM or CLI), load a plugin (available at www.cisco.com) which will patch the offending commands. The plug-in should be loaded on the standby supervisor also. The plug-in is not persistent across switchovers and should be loaded any time a switchover occurs.

Upgrade to one of the following software releases when it becomes available.

3.3(4a) or above
4.2(3) or above

Using the Debug Plug-in
Commands to issue are in italics.


  1. Download the plug in from the Cisco Software Download Center: http://tools.cisco.com/support/downloads/go/Redirect.x?mdfid=282764109 and select release "1.0"

  2. Make a copy of the downloaded gplug
    copy bootflash:m9500-sup2-showtech-FN63288-plugin-1.0.bin bootflash:gplug_copy

  3. Copy the copy of the gplug to standby supervisor as well
    copy bootflash:gplug_copy bootflash://sup-remote/

  4. Load the gplug on active supervisor
    load bootflash:gplug_copy

  5. Attach to standby supervisor
    attach module <standby-sup-slot>

  6. Load gplug on standby supervisor
    load bootflash:gplug_copy

DDTS

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DDTS Description
CSCtc48338 (registered customers only)

Executing any of the following commands on a MDS switch or collecting the same information via Fabric Manager/device manager may cause a kernel panic on the supervisor:

show hardware internal mgmt0 stats
show hardware internal eobc stats
show tech-support
tac-pac

In a dual supervisor switch this will force a supervisor switchover. In single supervisor systems the switch will reload.

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