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Cumulus RMP 3.3.0 Release Notes



These release notes support Cumulus RMP 3.3 and describe currently available features and known issues.

Cumulus RMP 3.3 supports these features and is available on the Penguin Computing Arctica 4804IP-RMP out-of-band switch.

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What's New in Cumulus RMP 3.3

Cumulus RMP 3.3 includes the following improvement:

  • Network Command Line Utility: Adds coverage for DNS, NTP, syslog, that will give network operators a single tool to configure and operate their Cumulus Linux switches. You can see the list of changes made in this release here.

Installing Version 3.3

If you are upgrading from version 3.0.0 or later, use apt-get to update the software.

  1. Run apt-get update.
  2. Run apt-get upgrade.
  3. Reboot the switch.

New Install or Upgrading from Versions Older than 3.0.0

If you are upgrading from a version older than 3.0.0, or installing Cumulus RMP for the first time, download the Cumulus RMP 3.3 installer for Broadcom switches from the Cumulus Networks website, then use ONIE to perform a complete install, following the instructions in the user guide.

Note: This method is destructive; any configuration files on the switch will not be saved, so please copy them to a different server before upgrading via ONIE.

Important! After you install, run apt-get update, then apt-get upgrade on your switch to make sure you update Cumulus RMP to include any important or other package updates.


You can read the technical documentation here.

Issues Fixed in Cumulus RMP 3.3.0 Update 2017-05-09

Cumulus Networks has made important package updates available for Cumulus RMP 3.3.0 that resolve the issues listed below. These fixes were applied to the Cumulus Networks repository on May 9, 2017.

Cumulus Networks strongly recommends you upgrade your Cumulus RMP distribution to avoid these issues (do not do a binary install). Follow these steps:

  1. Run apt-get update.
  2. Run apt-get upgrade
Release Note ID Summary Description
RN-607 (CM-16168)
NCLU: netd crashes if LLDP neighbor does not have "SysName"

The net show interface output displays the LLDP hostname for the neighbor at the other end of the link. If a link is up and has LLDP information but does not have a "SysName" field, netd crashes.

This issue has been fixed in the May 9 update to Cumulus RMP 3.3.0.

Issues Fixed in Cumulus RMP 3.3

The following is a list of issues fixed in Cumulus RMP 3.3 from earlier versions of Cumulus RMP.

Release Note ID Summary Description

RN-570 (CM-14499)
apt-get upgrade overwrites edits to TCAM and buffering profiles in datapath.conf without prompting

If you changed the buffering or TCAM profiles in either of the following files, the changes will be lost when you upgrade the cumulus-tools package:

  • /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/cumulus/__chip_config/bcm/datapath.conf
  • /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/cumulus/__chip_config/mlx/datapath.conf

Since the files are not marked as configuration files, they get overwritten without warning.

If you have changed either or both of these files, make sure to back them up before running apt-get upgrade or otherwise upgrading the cumulus-tools package, then re-apply your changes to the newly installed files after the upgrade.

RN-572 (CM-14844)
Invalid locale settings can prevent apt-get upgrade from completing

In some cases, if your locale information (language and/or character set) are invalid for Linux, you may encounter errors like the following when running apt-get upgrade when the upgrade snapshot is taken:

perl: warning: Setting locale failed.
perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings:
	LANGUAGE = (unset),
	LC_ALL = (unset),
	LC_CTYPE = "UTF-8",
	LANG = "en_US.UTF-8"
    are supported and installed on your system.
perl: warning: Falling back to a fallback locale ("en_US.UTF-8").
Creating pre-apt snapshot... Failed to set locale. Fix your system.
ERROR:/usr/lib/cumulus/apt-snapshot-hook: Unable to create pre snapshot
E: Problem executing scripts DPkg::Pre-Invoke '/usr/lib/cumulus/apt-snapshot-hook pre-invoke'
E: Sub-process returned an error code

This is an issue with the snapper application, which takes snapshots of the Cumulus Linux NOS. Cumulus Networks intends to update snapper in the future so this issue will not cause an error. 

To work around this error, set your locale information to valid settings, such as the following:

export LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8

Then run apt-get upgrade again.

RN-576 (CM-14908)
TACACS sends authentication requests out of the default VRF, not the management VRF

If a management VRF if configured, TACACS won't send authentication requests out of the management VRF. Instead, it sends these requests out of the default VRF.

To work around this issue, run the following commands, which restrict inbound SSH to only the management VRF interface and disable inbound SSH via the switch ports. Note that using SSH via the front panel ports is not a workaround.

cumulus@switch:~$ sudo systemctl disable ssh.service
cumulus@switch:~$ sudo systemctl stop ssh.service
cumulus@switch:~$ sudo systemctl enable ssh@mgmt.service
cumulus@switch:~$ sudo systemctl start ssh@mgmt.service

RN-580 (CM-15577)
Fix for CVE-2017-6964/DSA-3823: eject command doesn't check errors from dropping privilege

The following Debian security advisory was fixed in Cumulus RMP 3.3:

* -------------------------------------------------------------------------

Debian Security Advisory DSA-3823-1 Salvatore Bonaccorso
March 28, 2017
* -------------------------------------------------------------------------

Package : eject
CVE ID : CVE-2017-6964
Debian Bug : 858872

Ilja Van Sprundel discovered that the dmcrypt-get-device helper used to
check if a given device is an encrypted device handled by devmapper, and
used in eject, does not check return values from setuid() and setgid()
when dropping privileges.

For the stable distribution (jessie), this problem has been fixed in
version 2.1.5+deb1+cvs20081104-13.1+deb8u1.

For the unstable distribution (sid), this problem has been fixed in
version 2.1.5+deb1+cvs20081104-13.2.

We recommend that you upgrade your eject packages.

RN-582 (CM-15889)
Fix for CVE-2016-10229: remotely exploitable udp MSG_PEEK vulnerability in linux kernel


CVE ID: CVE-2016-5195

Description: An error in the UDP checksum on receiving packets allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via UDP traffic that triggers an unsafe second checksum calculation during execution of a recv system call with the MSG_PEEK flag.

This bug has been present since the 2.6.1 Linux kernel, and is present in all Cumulus Linux releases since version 2.5.0.

It is fixed in Cumulus RMP 3.3.

RN-586 (CM-15201)
In NCLU, VLANs reported as disabled on interface

The output of net show interface INTERFACE shows VLANs in a disabled state. However, the STP state is correct and ping works.

This issue is fixed in Cumulus RMP 3.3.

RN-587 (CM-15906)
net show interface fails with certain MSTP treeprio values

Configuring any of the following MSTP treeprio values causes an error when running net show interface: 40960, 45056, 49152, 53248, 57344, 61440.

This issue is fixed in Cumulus RMP 3.3.

RN-594 (CM-16081)
ZTP returns the serial number in dmidecode, instead of decode-syseeprom

When using zero touch provisioning to configure a switch, ZTP, which provides the switch serial number, returns it in demidecode, instead of decode-syseeprom. This results in "NO DIMM" being returned as the serial number.

This issue is fixed in Cumulus RMP 3.3.

Known Issues in Cumulus RMP 3.3

Issues are categorized for easy review. Some issues are fixed but will be available in a later release.

Release Note ID Summary Description

RN-56 (CM-343)
IPv4/IPv6 forwarding disabled mode not recognized

If either of the following is configured:

net.ipv4.ip_forward == 0 


net.ipv6.conf.all.forwarding == 0 

The hardware still forwards packets if there is a neighbor table entry pointing to the destination.

RN-120 (CM-477)
ethtool LED blinking does not work with switch ports Linux uses ethtool -p to identify the physical port backing an interface, or to identify the switch itself. Usually this identification is by blinking the port LED until ethtool -p is stopped.

This feature does not apply to switch ports (swpX) in Cumulus RMP.

RN-121 (CM-2123)
ptmd: When a physical interface is in a PTM FAIL state, its subinterface still exchanges information Issue:
When ptmd is incorrectly in a failure state and the Zebra interface is enabled, PIF BGP sessions are not establishing the route, but the subinterface on top of it does establish routes.

If the subinterface is configured on the physical interface and the physical interface is incorrectly marked as being in a PTM FAIL state, routes on the physical interface are not processed in Quagga, but the subinterface is working.

Steps to reproduce:
cumulus@switch:$ sudo vtysh -c 'show int swp8' 
Interface swp8 is up, line protocol is up 
PTM status: fail
index 10 metric 1 mtu 1500 
 HWaddr: 44:38:39:00:03:88 
 inet broadcast 
 inet6 2001:cafe:0:38::1/64 
 inet6 fe80::4638:39ff:fe00:388/64 
cumulus@switch:$ ip addr show | grep swp8 
  mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state UP qlen 500 
  inet brd scope global swp8 
 104: swp8.2049@swp8: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> 
  mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue state UP 
  inet brd scope global swp8.2049 
 105: swp8.2050@swp8: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> 
  mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue state UP 
  inet brd scope global swp8.2050 
 106: swp8.2051@swp8: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> 
  mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue state UP 
  inet brd scope global swp8.2051 
 107: swp8.2052@swp8: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> 
  mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue state UP 
  inet brd scope global swp8.2052 
 108: swp8.2053@swp8: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP>
  mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue state UP 
  inet brd scope global swp8.2053 
 109: swp8.2054@swp8: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> 
  mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue state UP 
  inet brd scope global swp8.2054
 110: swp8.2055@swp8: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP>
  mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue state UP 
  inet brd scope global swp8.2055
cumulus@switch:$ bgp sessions: ,4 ,64057 , 958 , 1036 , 0 , 0 , 0 ,15:55:42, 0, 10472 ,4 ,64058 , 958 , 1016 , 0 , 0 , 0 ,15:55:46, 187, 10285 ,4 ,64059 , 958 , 1049 , 0 , 0 , 0 ,15:55:40, 187, 10285 ,4 ,64060 , 958 , 1039 , 0 , 0 , 0 ,15:55:45, 187, 10285 ,4 ,64061 , 958 , 1014 , 0 , 0 , 0 ,15:55:46, 187, 10285 ,4 ,64062 , 958 , 1016 , 0 , 0 , 0 ,15:55:46, 187, 10285 ,4 ,64063 , 958 , 1029 , 0 , 0 , 0 ,15:55:43, 187, 10285 ,4 ,64064 , 958 , 1036 , 0 , 0 , 0 ,15:55:44, 187, 10285 

RN-398 (CM-10379)
While upgrading Cumulus RMP, a prompt to configure grub-pc appears

While upgrading to the latest version of Cumulus RMP from version 2.5.5 or earlier, a prompt appears, asking you to choose onto which partitions to install the GRUB boot loader. 


  1. /dev/mmcblk0 (3783 MB; ???)       3. /dev/dm-2 (1610 MB; CUMULUS-SYSROOT1)
  2. - /dev/mmcblk0p3 (268 MB; /boot)  4. none of the above

(Enter the items you want to select, separated by spaces.)

GRUB install devices:


This prompt should not appear, and the issue will be fixed in a future release.

In the meantime, to work around this issue, choose option 1, /dev/mmcblk0 and continue the upgrade.

RN-550 (CM-13674)
The ZTP daemon shuts itself down after 5 minutes of inactivity

The zero touch provisioning (ZTP) daemon ztpd shuts itself down after 5 minutes of inactivity but the service remains enabled for the next reboot.

This can affect deployments where a switch might be powered up in a remote data center for weeks without ever being configured. In such a case, there is no way to automatically initiate the ZTP process.

This is a known issue that will be fixed in a future release of Cumulus RMP.

RN-597 (CM-15705)
sFlow doesn't generate flow samples to sflowd on Tomahawk-based switches At this time, sFlow is not supported on switches with Tomahawk ASICs. This is a known issue. 

RN-599 (CM-15949)
DHCRELAY automatically binds to eth0 when not specified in the configuration dhcrelay listens for all interfaces that have an IP, even if not configured to listen for that interface. This causes dhcrelay to bind to unspecified ports.

This behavior is expected, due to upstream configuration. The packet is dropped later in the process, as it is not coming from a configured port.

RN-600 (CM-)

RN-602 (CM-)
sFlow ifSpeed incorrect in counter samples  

RN-605 (CM-15515)
Unable to change the bond-modes using ifup or ifreload When the bond mode is changed from 802.3ad to balance-xor or vice versa using ifup bondx or ifreload -a, the bond-mode does not change, and the following error is produced:
2017-03-23 21:39:37,495:  DEBUG:      autolib.netobjects: [cumulus@] sudo: ('ifup bond1',)
2017-03-23 21:39:37,926:  DEBUG:      autolib.netobjects: warning: error writing to file /sys/class/net/bond1/bonding/mode([Errno 39] Directory not empty)

This issue is being addressed in a later release.


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Cases that are still open on the Cumulus portal will continue to be managed on the Cumulus portal. Once these cases close, they will be moved to the Mellanox support portal.

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