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Subject[162/200] iwlwifi: fix internal scan race
2.6.34-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Reinette Chatre <>

commit 073d5eab6fc85b6c278d507a5633b759a85dc878 upstream.

It is possible for internal scan to race against itself if the device is
not returning the scan results from first requests. What happens in this
case is the cleanup done during the abort of the first internal scan also
cleans up part of the new scan, causing it to access memory it shouldn't.

Here are details:
* First internal scan is triggered and scan command sent to device.
* After seven seconds there is no scan results so the watchdog timer
triggers a scan abort.
* The scan abort succeeds and a SCAN_COMPLETE_NOTIFICATION is received for
failed scan.
and queue the "scan_completed" work.
** At this time, since the problem that caused the internal scan in first
place is still present, a new internal scan is triggered.
The behavior at this point is a bit different between 2.6.34 and 2.6.35
since 2.6.35 has a lot of this synchronized. The rest of the race
description will thus be generalized.
** As part of preparing for the scan "is_internal_short_scan" is set to
* At this point the completion work for fist scan is run. As part of this
there is some locking missing around the "is_internal_short_scan"
variable and it is set to "false".
** Now the second scan runs and it considers itself a real (not internal0
scan and thus causes problems with wrong memory being accessed.

The fix is twofold.
* Since "is_internal_short_scan" should be protected by mutex, fix this in
scan completion work so that changes to it can be serialized.
* Do not queue a new internal scan if one is in progress.

This fixes

Signed-off-by: Reinette Chatre <>
Signed-off-by: John W. Linville <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

drivers/net/wireless/iwlwifi/iwl-scan.c | 21 ++++++++++++++++++---
1 file changed, 18 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

--- a/drivers/net/wireless/iwlwifi/iwl-scan.c
+++ b/drivers/net/wireless/iwlwifi/iwl-scan.c
@@ -561,6 +561,11 @@ static void iwl_bg_start_internal_scan(s


+ if (priv->is_internal_short_scan == true) {
+ IWL_DEBUG_SCAN(priv, "Internal scan already in progress\n");
+ goto unlock;
+ }
if (!iwl_is_ready_rf(priv)) {
IWL_DEBUG_SCAN(priv, "not ready or exit pending\n");
goto unlock;
@@ -958,17 +963,27 @@ void iwl_bg_scan_completed(struct work_s
struct iwl_priv *priv =
container_of(work, struct iwl_priv, scan_completed);
+ bool internal = false;

IWL_DEBUG_SCAN(priv, "SCAN complete scan\n");


- if (!priv->is_internal_short_scan)
- ieee80211_scan_completed(priv->hw, false);
- else {
+ mutex_lock(&priv->mutex);
+ if (priv->is_internal_short_scan) {
priv->is_internal_short_scan = false;
IWL_DEBUG_SCAN(priv, "internal short scan completed\n");
+ internal = true;
+ mutex_unlock(&priv->mutex);
+ /*
+ * Do not hold mutex here since this will cause mac80211 to call
+ * into driver again into functions that will attempt to take
+ * mutex.
+ */
+ if (!internal)
+ ieee80211_scan_completed(priv->hw, false);

if (test_bit(STATUS_EXIT_PENDING, &priv->status))

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