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Subject[patch] 2.4.0: defxx oopses upon insmod if short on memory

Is there anyone maintaining defxx these days?

The defxx driver does a null pointer derefence if a system is short on
memory. This happens repeatably on a 32MB machine if fsck is run just
befor loading the driver (not an unusual event upon startup and a quite
nasty one).

The driver should check for a null pointer, obviously and the following
patch does. Anyway, as the driver allocates quite an amount of memory
chances are it will fail to get it so I decided to call schedule() so that
temporary buffers might get freed. Otherwise chances are it would never
succeed on a busy system. It succeeds after ~50 iterations on my system.

If anyone has a better idea, I would be pleased to hear it.


+ Maciej W. Rozycki, Technical University of Gdansk, Poland +
+ e-mail:, PGP key available +

diff -up --recursive --new-file linux-2.4.0.macro/drivers/net/defxx.c linux-2.4.0/drivers/net/defxx.c
--- linux-2.4.0.macro/drivers/net/defxx.c Tue Sep 5 19:57:51 2000
+++ linux-2.4.0/drivers/net/defxx.c Sun Jan 7 22:56:21 2001
@@ -2709,7 +2709,10 @@ static void dfx_rcv_init(DFX_board_t *bp
struct sk_buff *newskb;
bp->descr_block_virt->rcv_data[i+j].long_0 = (u32) (PI_RCV_DESCR_M_SOP |
- newskb = dev_alloc_skb(NEW_SKB_SIZE);
+ while (!(newskb = dev_alloc_skb(NEW_SKB_SIZE))) {
+ printk(KERN_WARNING "%s: Could not allocate receive buffer.\n", bp->dev->name);
+ schedule();
+ }
* align to 128 bytes for compatibility with
* the old EISA boards.
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