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Subject[PATCHv2 net-2.6 2/4] [TCP]: Fix NewReno's fast rexmit/recovery problems with GSOed skb
Fixes a long-standing bug which makes NewReno recovery crippled.
With GSO the whole head skb was marked as LOST which is in
violation of NewReno procedure that only wants to mark one packet
and ended up breaking our TCP code by causing counter overflow
because our code was built on top of assumption about valid
NewReno procedure. This manifested as triggering a WARN_ON for
the overflow in a number of places.

It seems relatively safe alternative to just do nothing if
tcp_fragment fails due to oom because another duplicate ACK is
likely to be received soon and the fragmentation will be retried.

Special thanks goes to Soeren Sonnenburg <> who was
lucky enough to be able to reproduce this so that the warning
for the overflow was hit. It's not as easy task as it seems even
if this bug happens quite often because the amount of outstanding
data is pretty significant for the mismarkings to lead to an

Because it's very late in 2.6.25-rc cycle (if this even makes in
time), I didn't want to touch anything with SACK enabled here.
Fragmenting might be useful for it as well but it's more or less
a policy decision rather than mandatory fix. Thus there's no need
to rush and we can postpone considering tcp_fragment with SACK
for 2.6.26.

In 2.6.24 and earlier, this very same bug existed but the effect
is slightly different because of a small changes in the if
conditions that fit to the patch's context. With them nothing
got lost marker and thus no retransmissions happened.

Signed-off-by: Ilpo Järvinen <>
net/ipv4/tcp_input.c | 22 ++++++++++++++++++----
1 files changed, 18 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/net/ipv4/tcp_input.c b/net/ipv4/tcp_input.c
index f82b573..f053bfe 100644
--- a/net/ipv4/tcp_input.c
+++ b/net/ipv4/tcp_input.c
@@ -2138,7 +2138,9 @@ static void tcp_mark_head_lost(struct sock *sk, int packets)
struct tcp_sock *tp = tcp_sk(sk);
struct sk_buff *skb;
- int cnt;
+ int cnt, oldcnt;
+ int err;
+ unsigned int mss;

BUG_TRAP(packets <= tp->packets_out);
if (tp->lost_skb_hint) {
@@ -2157,13 +2159,25 @@ static void tcp_mark_head_lost(struct sock *sk, int packets)
tp->lost_skb_hint = skb;
tp->lost_cnt_hint = cnt;

+ if (after(TCP_SKB_CB(skb)->end_seq, tp->high_seq))
+ break;
+ oldcnt = cnt;
if (tcp_is_fack(tp) || tcp_is_reno(tp) ||
cnt += tcp_skb_pcount(skb);

- if ((cnt > packets) ||
- after(TCP_SKB_CB(skb)->end_seq, tp->high_seq))
- break;
+ if (cnt > packets) {
+ if (tcp_is_sack(tp) || (oldcnt >= packets))
+ break;
+ mss = skb_shinfo(skb)->gso_size;
+ err = tcp_fragment(sk, skb, (packets - oldcnt) * mss, mss);
+ if (err < 0)
+ break;
+ cnt = packets;
+ }
if (!(TCP_SKB_CB(skb)->sacked & (TCPCB_SACKED_ACKED|TCPCB_LOST))) {
TCP_SKB_CB(skb)->sacked |= TCPCB_LOST;
tp->lost_out += tcp_skb_pcount(skb);
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