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SubjectRe: kernel BUG at net/core/skbuff.c in linux-2.6.21-rc6
Hi,

I didn't analyse this bug report but probably it
is nearly connected with one of the bugs visible in
a log from this submit:

http://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=8132

On 15-04-2007 02:50, Paul Mackerras wrote:
> David Miller writes:
>
>> Here is Patrick McHardy's patch:
>
> So this doesn't change process_input_packet(), which treats the case
> where the first byte is 0xff (PPP_ALLSTATIONS) but the second byte is
> 0x03 (PPP_UI) as indicating a packet with a PPP protocol number of
> 0xff. Arguably that's wrong since PPP protocol 0xff is reserved, and
> the RFC does envision the possibility of receiving frames where the
> control field has values other than 0x03.
>
> Therefore I think this patch is probably better. Could people try it
> out and let me know if it fixes the problem?
>
> Paul.
>
> diff --git a/drivers/net/ppp_async.c b/drivers/net/ppp_async.c
> index 933e2f3..caabbc4 100644
> --- a/drivers/net/ppp_async.c
> +++ b/drivers/net/ppp_async.c
> @@ -802,9 +802,9 @@ process_input_packet(struct asyncppp *ap)
>
> /* check for address/control and protocol compression */
> p = skb->data;
> - if (p[0] == PPP_ALLSTATIONS && p[1] == PPP_UI) {
> + if (p[0] == PPP_ALLSTATIONS) {
> /* chop off address/control */
> - if (skb->len < 3)
> + if (p[1] != PPP_UI || skb->len < 3)
> goto err;
> p = skb_pull(skb, 2);
> }

Let's look farther:

> proto = p[0];
> if (proto & 1) {
> /* protocol is compressed */
> skb_push(skb, 1)[0] = 0;

BTW - about Patrick's patch:

skb_push seems to be dependent here on the 1-st char of
skb->data, if above (p[0] != PPP_ALLSTATIONS), but on the
3-rd char otherwise (after skb_pull). But, Patrick's patch
reserves the place for this, looking always at 1-st char
(buf[0]) independently of PPP_ALLSTATIONS char presence,
or otherwise - always treating this char as protocol char.
It looks safe because of PPP_ALLSTATION current value,
but isn't too understandable.

On the other hand, without any reservation in the
ppp_async_input for the (buf[0] == PPP_ALLSTATIONS) case,
probably 4-byte alignement isn't achieved as planned.

> } else {
> if (skb->len < 2)
> goto err;
> proto = (proto << 8) + p[1];
> if (proto == PPP_LCP)
> async_lcp_peek(ap, p, skb->len, 1);
> }
>
> /* queue the frame to be processed */
> skb->cb[0] = ap->state;
> skb_queue_tail(&ap->rqueue, skb);
> ap->rpkt = NULL;
> ap->state = 0;
> return;
>
> err:
> /* frame had an error, remember that, reset SC_TOSS & SC_ESCAPE */
> ap->state = SC_PREV_ERROR;
> if (skb) {
> /* make skb appear as freshly allocated */

Probably this isn't always true and here the problem
started...

> skb_trim(skb, 0);
> skb_reserve(skb, - skb_headroom(skb));

Isn't here lost e.g. NET_SKB_PAD probably reserved by
dev_alloc_skb?

On the other hand - this kind of pad can very good hide
similar reservation problems in many other places - maybe
it should be omitted or somehow counted in WARNs when some
debugging options are active?

Regards,
Jarek P.
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