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SubjectRe: BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 00000000000000a0
On 06/23/2010 08:29 PM, Eric Dumazet wrote:
> Le mercredi 23 juin 2010 à 10:00 -0700, Justin P. Mattock a écrit :
>> o.k. the bisect is pointing to the below results..
>> (I tried git revert xxx but this commit is too big
>> so I'll(hopefully)manually revert it on the latest HEAD to
>> see if this is the actual problem im experiencing)
>> 80c802f3073e84c956846e921e8a0b02dfa3755f is the first bad commit
>> commit 80c802f3073e84c956846e921e8a0b02dfa3755f
>> Author: Timo Teräs <>
>> Date: Wed Apr 7 00:30:05 2010 +0000
>> xfrm: cache bundles instead of policies for outgoing flows
>> __xfrm_lookup() is called for each packet transmitted out of
>> system. The xfrm_find_bundle() does a linear search which can
>> kill system performance depending on how many bundles are
>> required per policy.
>> This modifies __xfrm_lookup() to store bundles directly in
>> the flow cache. If we did not get a hit, we just create a new
>> bundle instead of doing slow search. This means that we can now
>> get multiple xfrm_dst's for same flow (on per-cpu basis).
>> Signed-off-by: Timo Teras <>
>> Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <>
>> :040000 040000 d8e60f5fa4c1329f450d9c7cdf98b34e6a177f22
>> 9f576e68e5bf4ce357d7f0305aee5f410250dfe2 M include
>> :040000 040000 f2876df688ee36907af7b4123eea96592faaed3e
>> a3f6f6f94f0309106856cd99b38ec90b024eb016 M net
> Thanks a lot for bisecting Jutin, this is really appreciated.
> crash is in xfrm_bundle_ok()
> if (xdst->policy_genid != atomic_read(&xdst->pols[0]->genid))
> return 0;
> xdst->pols[0] contains a NULL pointer

That does not really make sense, if we get this far; there's a valid
xfrm_state with the bundle. This means that there existed a policy with
it too.

I'll take a deeper look at this tomorrow. Would it be possible to see
your xfrm policies?

- Timo
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