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SubjectRe: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference in skb_dequeue
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On Friday 03 December 2010 16:46:35 Eric Dumazet wrote:
> Le vendredi 03 décembre 2010 à 15:37 +0100, Andrej Ota a écrit :
> > >> Patch that works for me is below. Now I only hope I haven't
> > >> (re)introduced a memory leak...
> > >
> > > Problem comes from commit 55c95e738da85 (fix return value of
> > > __pppoe_xmit() method)
> > >
> > > I am not sure patch is OK
> >
> > Me neither. That's why I wrote "works for me". All I dare say is that it
> > works better than current code and is probably no worse than it was
> > before above mentioned commit. Apart from that, there is no point in
> > having return value for __pppoe_xmit if return value isn't needed.
> >
> > Easiest way of triggering this BUG is by terminating PPPoE on the server
> > side, which then hits "if (!dev) { goto abort; }". This in turn calls
> > "kfree_skb(skb); return 0;" which returns to pppoe_rcv_core which then
> > goto-s to "abort_put" which again calls "kfree_skb(skb)". Voila the bug.
> >
> > I don't know how to trigger "if (skb_cow_head(skb, ..." to see if I have
> > just caused another BUG. However, if I read file comments at the top, I
> > see a comment from 19/07/01 stating that I have to delete original skb
> > if code succeeds and never delete it on failure. About the skb copy
> > mentioned in the same comment, I don't know. 2001 was many commits ago.
>
> Well, all I wanted to say was that _I_ was not sure, but probably other
> network guys have a better diagnostic.
>
> Rami, could you re-explain the rationale of your patch ?
>
> Thanks
>
>
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This patch seems fixed my issue (Re: 2.6.35->2.6.36 regression, vanilla kernel
panic, ppp or hrtimers crashing), tested now.

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