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Subject[PATCH] kfree_skb() bug in 2.4.22
Hi all,

I was debugging one of my iptables/netfilter modules yesterday and I
came across this bug in kfree_skb(). One of my functions returns a
struct skbuff * on success and NULL on failure. When it failed, the code
calling said function attempted to free the struct skbuff *, which at
that point was NULL. This produced a kernel panic. I investigated the
problem and found that, not only should I be checking for a NULL pointer
when freeing the struct skbuff *, but the actual cause of the panic was
because kfree_skb() and kfree_skb_fast() do not check for skb==NULL,
either. They immediately attempt to dereference the users field of the
struct skbuff * in order to decrement that reference counter.

I have come up with a patch that applies to both the 2.4.22 pristine
source tree and the 2.4.23-pre6 source tree that solves this issue (see
below). I tried to follow Documentation/SubmittingPatches to the letter;
please let me know if I failed this in some way. Thanks :)

P.S. I wasn't sure who exactly maintains this particular code; that's
why I just sent it to everyone listed in MAINTAINERS remotely associated
with include/linux/skbuff.h ;)

--- include/linux/skbuff.h.orig 2003-10-08 07:52:31.000000000 -0400
+++ include/linux/skbuff.h 2003-10-08 07:52:52.000000000 -0400
@@ -293,6 +293,8 @@

static inline void kfree_skb(struct sk_buff *skb)
+ if (!skb)
+ return;
if (atomic_read(&skb->users) == 1 || atomic_dec_and_test(&skb->users))
@@ -300,6 +302,8 @@
/* Use this if you didn't touch the skb state [for fast switching] */
static inline void kfree_skb_fast(struct sk_buff *skb)
+ if (!skb)
+ return;
if (atomic_read(&skb->users) == 1 || atomic_dec_and_test(&skb->users))

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