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SubjectRe: [PATCH] net: thunderx: prevent concurrent data re-writing by nicvf_set_rx_mode
Sorry for delay.

On Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 03:25:40PM -0700, David Miller wrote:
> From: Dean Nelson <dnelson@redhat.com>
> Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2018 06:22:14 -0500
>
> > On 06/10/2018 02:35 PM, David Miller wrote:
> >> From: Vadim Lomovtsev <Vadim.Lomovtsev@caviumnetworks.com>
> >> Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2018 02:27:59 -0700
> >>
> >>> + /* Save message data locally to prevent them from
> >>> + * being overwritten by next ndo_set_rx_mode call().
> >>> + */
> >>> + spin_lock(&nic->rx_mode_wq_lock);
> >>> + mode = vf_work->mode;
> >>> + mc = vf_work->mc;
> >>> + vf_work->mc = NULL;
> >
> > If I'm reading this code correctly, I believe nic->rx_mode_work.mc
> > will
> > have been set to NULL before the lock is dropped by
> > nicvf_set_rx_mode_task() and acquired by nicvf_set_rx_mode().
> >
> >
> >>> + spin_unlock(&nic->rx_mode_wq_lock);
> >> At the moment you drop this lock, the memory behind 'mc' can be
> >> freed up by:
> >>
> >>> + spin_lock(&nic->rx_mode_wq_lock);
> >>> + kfree(nic->rx_mode_work.mc);
> >
> > So the kfree() will be called with a NULL pointer and quickly return.
> >
> >
> >> And you'll crash when you dereference it above via
> >> __nicvf_set_rx_mode_task().
> >>
> >
> > I believe the call to kfree() in nicvf_set_rx_mode() is there to free
> > up a mc_list that has been allocated by nicvf_set_rx_mode() during a
> > previous callback to the function, one that has not yet been processed
> > by nicvf_set_rx_mode_task().
> >
> > In this way only the last 'unprocessed' callback to
> > nicvf_set_rx_mode()
> > gets processed should there be multiple callbacks occurring between
> > the
> > times the nicvf_set_rx_mode_task() runs.
> >
> > In my testing with this patch, this is what I see happening.
>
> You're right, my bad.
>
> Patch applied.

Thank you for your time.

WBR,
Vadim

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