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Subject[PATCH AUTOSEL for 4.9 25/54] mac80211: prevent skb/txq mismatch
From: Michal Kazior <>

[ Upstream commit dbef53621116474bb883f76f0ba6b7640bc42332 ]

Station structure is considered as not uploaded
(to driver) until drv_sta_state() finishes. This
call is however done after the structure is
attached to mac80211 internal lists and hashes.
This means mac80211 can lookup (and use) station
structure before it is uploaded to a driver.

If this happens (structure exists, but
sta->uploaded is false) fast_tx path can still be
taken. Deep in the fastpath call the sta->uploaded
is checked against to derive "pubsta" argument for
ieee80211_get_txq(). If sta->uploaded is false
(and sta is actually non-NULL) ieee80211_get_txq()
effectively downgraded to vif->txq.

At first glance this may look innocent but coerces
mac80211 into a state that is almost guaranteed
(codel may drop offending skb) to crash because a
station-oriented skb gets queued up on
vif-oriented txq. The ieee80211_tx_dequeue() ends
up looking at info->control.flags and tries to use
txq->sta which in the fail case is NULL.

It's probably pointless to pretend one can
downgrade skb from sta-txq to vif-txq.

Since downgrading unicast traffic to vif->txq must
not be done there's no txq to put a frame on if
sta->uploaded is false. Therefore the code is made
to fall back to regular tx() op path if the
described condition is hit.

Only drivers using wake_tx_queue were affected.

Example crash dump before fix:

Unable to handle kernel paging request at virtual address ffffe26c
PC is at ieee80211_tx_dequeue+0x204/0x690 [mac80211]
[<bf4252a4>] (ieee80211_tx_dequeue [mac80211]) from
[<bf4b1388>] (ath10k_mac_tx_push_txq+0x54/0x1c0 [ath10k_core])
[<bf4b1388>] (ath10k_mac_tx_push_txq [ath10k_core]) from
[<bf4bdfbc>] (ath10k_htt_txrx_compl_task+0xd78/0x11d0 [ath10k_core])
[<bf4bdfbc>] (ath10k_htt_txrx_compl_task [ath10k_core])
[<bf51c5a4>] (ath10k_pci_napi_poll+0x54/0xe8 [ath10k_pci])
[<bf51c5a4>] (ath10k_pci_napi_poll [ath10k_pci]) from
[<c0572e90>] (net_rx_action+0xac/0x160)

Reported-by: Mohammed Shafi Shajakhan <>
Signed-off-by: Michal Kazior <>
Signed-off-by: Johannes Berg <>
Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <>
net/mac80211/tx.c | 17 +++++++----------
1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 10 deletions(-)

diff --git a/net/mac80211/tx.c b/net/mac80211/tx.c
index 274c564bd9af..1ffd1e145c13 100644
--- a/net/mac80211/tx.c
+++ b/net/mac80211/tx.c
@@ -1244,7 +1244,7 @@ ieee80211_tx_prepare(struct ieee80211_sub_if_data *sdata,

static struct txq_info *ieee80211_get_txq(struct ieee80211_local *local,
struct ieee80211_vif *vif,
- struct ieee80211_sta *pubsta,
+ struct sta_info *sta,
struct sk_buff *skb)
struct ieee80211_hdr *hdr = (struct ieee80211_hdr *) skb->data;
@@ -1258,10 +1258,13 @@ static struct txq_info *ieee80211_get_txq(struct ieee80211_local *local,
if (!ieee80211_is_data(hdr->frame_control))
return NULL;

- if (pubsta) {
+ if (sta) {
u8 tid = skb->priority & IEEE80211_QOS_CTL_TID_MASK;

- txq = pubsta->txq[tid];
+ if (!sta->uploaded)
+ return NULL;
+ txq = sta->sta.txq[tid];
} else if (vif) {
txq = vif->txq;
@@ -1499,23 +1502,17 @@ static bool ieee80211_queue_skb(struct ieee80211_local *local,
struct fq *fq = &local->fq;
struct ieee80211_vif *vif;
struct txq_info *txqi;
- struct ieee80211_sta *pubsta;

if (!local->ops->wake_tx_queue ||
sdata->vif.type == NL80211_IFTYPE_MONITOR)
return false;

- if (sta && sta->uploaded)
- pubsta = &sta->sta;
- else
- pubsta = NULL;
if (sdata->vif.type == NL80211_IFTYPE_AP_VLAN)
sdata = container_of(sdata->bss,
struct ieee80211_sub_if_data, u.ap);

vif = &sdata->vif;
- txqi = ieee80211_get_txq(local, vif, pubsta, skb);
+ txqi = ieee80211_get_txq(local, vif, sta, skb);

if (!txqi)
return false;
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