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Subject[PATCH AUTOSEL for 4.15 127/189] ibmvnic: fix firmware version when no firmware level has been provided by the VIOS server
From: Desnes Augusto Nunes do Rosario <>

[ Upstream commit a107311d7fdf6b826f3737c4a90fd0e0046e7a3a ]

Older versions of VIOS servers do not send the firmware level in the VPD
buffer for the ibmvnic driver. Thus, not only the current message is mis-
leading but the firmware version in the ethtool will be NULL. Therefore,
this patch fixes the firmware string and its warning.

Fixes: 4e6759be28e4 ("ibmvnic: Feature implementation of VPD for the ibmvnic driver")
Signed-off-by: Desnes A. Nunes do Rosario <>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <>
Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <>
drivers/net/ethernet/ibm/ibmvnic.c | 6 +++++-
1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/ethernet/ibm/ibmvnic.c b/drivers/net/ethernet/ibm/ibmvnic.c
index d4e87333bac2..4ba49a98c689 100644
--- a/drivers/net/ethernet/ibm/ibmvnic.c
+++ b/drivers/net/ethernet/ibm/ibmvnic.c
@@ -3294,7 +3294,11 @@ static void handle_vpd_rsp(union ibmvnic_crq *crq,
substr = strnstr(adapter->vpd->buff, "RM", adapter->vpd->len);
if (!substr) {
- dev_info(dev, "No FW level provided by VPD\n");
+ dev_info(dev, "Warning - No FW level has been provided in the VPD buffer by the VIOS Server\n");
+ ptr = strncpy((char *)adapter->fw_version, "N/A",
+ 3 * sizeof(char));
+ if (!ptr)
+ dev_err(dev, "Failed to inform that firmware version is unavailable to the adapter\n");
goto complete;

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