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Subject[ 168/187] ath9k: fix panic caused by returning a descriptor we have queued for reuse
From: Greg KH <>

3.4-stable review patch. If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Tom Hughes <>

commit 6bb51c70cabaadddc54a6454844eceba91a56083 upstream.

Commit 3a2923e83c introduced a bug when a corrupt descriptor
is encountered - although the following descriptor is discarded
and returned to the queue for reuse the associated frame is
also returned for processing. This leads to a panic:

BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 000000000000003a
IP: [<ffffffffa02599a5>] ath_rx_tasklet+0x165/0x1b00 [ath9k]
Call Trace:
[<ffffffff812d7fa0>] ? map_single+0x60/0x60
[<ffffffffa028f044>] ? ath9k_ioread32+0x34/0x90 [ath9k]
[<ffffffffa0292eec>] athk9k_tasklet+0xdc/0x160 [ath9k]
[<ffffffff8105e133>] tasklet_action+0x63/0xd0
[<ffffffff8105dbc0>] __do_softirq+0xc0/0x1e0
[<ffffffff8101a873>] ? native_sched_clock+0x13/0x80
[<ffffffff815f9d5c>] call_softirq+0x1c/0x30
[<ffffffff810151f5>] do_softirq+0x75/0xb0
[<ffffffff8105df95>] irq_exit+0xb5/0xc0
[<ffffffff815fa5b3>] do_IRQ+0x63/0xe0
[<ffffffff815f0cea>] common_interrupt+0x6a/0x6a
[<ffffffff8131840a>] ? intel_idle+0xea/0x150
[<ffffffff813183eb>] ? intel_idle+0xcb/0x150
[<ffffffff814a1db9>] cpuidle_enter+0x19/0x20
[<ffffffff814a23d9>] cpuidle_idle_call+0xa9/0x240
[<ffffffff8101c4bf>] cpu_idle+0xaf/0x120
[<ffffffff815cda8e>] rest_init+0x72/0x74
[<ffffffff81cf4c1a>] start_kernel+0x3b7/0x3c4
[<ffffffff81cf4662>] ? repair_env_string+0x5e/0x5e
[<ffffffff81cf4346>] x86_64_start_reservations+0x131/0x135
[<ffffffff81cf444a>] x86_64_start_kernel+0x100/0x10f

Making sure bf is cleared to NULL in this case restores the
old behaviour.

Signed-off-by: Tom Hughes <>
Signed-off-by: John W. Linville <>
Cc: Josh Boyer <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath9k/recv.c | 4 ++--
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

--- a/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath9k/recv.c
+++ b/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath9k/recv.c
@@ -695,9 +695,9 @@ static bool ath_edma_get_buffers(struct
__skb_unlink(skb, &rx_edma->rx_fifo);
list_add_tail(&bf->list, &sc->rx.rxbuf);
ath_rx_edma_buf_link(sc, qtype);
- } else {
- bf = NULL;
+ bf = NULL;

*dest = bf;

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