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Subject[Patch] ipvs: close race conditions on ip_vs_conn_tab list modification
Hello there-
Patch to close a race condition in ip_vs_conn_flush. In an smp system,
it is possible for an connection timer to expire, calling ip_vs_conn_expire
while the connection table is being flushed, before ct_write_lock_bh is
acquired. Since the list iterator loop in ip_vs_con_flush releases and
re-acquires the spinlock (even though it doesn't re-enable softirqs), it is
possible for the expiration function to modify the connection list, while it is
being traversed in ip_vs_conn_flush. The result is that the next pointer gets
set to NULL, and subsequently dereferenced, resulting in an oops. This patch
removes the lock release and re-aquisition from the loop, closing the race
window. Tested by myself, and those who origionally experienced the crash and
reported it to me, with successful results.

Signed-off-by: Neil Horman <>

ip_vs_conn.c | 2 --
1 files changed, 2 deletions(-)

--- linux-2.6.git/net/ipv4/ipvs/ip_vs_conn.c.orig 2005-06-23 13:11:00.910372471 -0400
+++ linux-2.6.git/net/ipv4/ipvs/ip_vs_conn.c 2005-06-23 13:15:54.459852393 -0400
@@ -840,7 +838,6 @@

list_for_each_entry(cp, &ip_vs_conn_tab[idx], c_list) {
- ct_write_unlock(idx);

if ((ct = cp->control))
@@ -850,7 +847,6 @@
IP_VS_DBG(4, "del conn template\n");
- ct_write_lock(idx);
*Neil Horman
*Software Engineer
*Red Hat, Inc.
*gpg keyid: 1024D / 0x92A74FA1
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