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Date:	Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:25:16 -0600
From:	Eric Biggers <>
Subject: [BUG] rtl8192se: panic accessing unmapped memory in skb


I have a RTL8192SE wireless card, attached via PCI.  Usually it works with no
issues, but I recently had a kernel panic occur in the rtl8192se driver.  The
kernel version is 3.18.  Based on my analysis of the panic dump, the panic was
caused by a memory access violation in this block of code in

        if (stats->decrypted) {
                hdr = (struct ieee80211_hdr *)(skb->data +
                       stats->rx_drvinfo_size + stats->rx_bufshift);

                if ((_ieee80211_is_robust_mgmt_frame(hdr)) &&
                        rx_status->flag &= ~RX_FLAG_DECRYPTED;
                        rx_status->flag |= RX_FLAG_DECRYPTED;

Specifically, the violation occurred the first time hdr->frame_control was
accessed, as part of _ieee80211_is_robust_mgmt_frame().

The panic occurred when the system was under heavy filesystem load but seemingly
is not easily reproducible.

There was recently a NULL check that was removed from this exact place in the
code, but it was certainly useless.  Instead, what's much more suspect to me is
that inside _rtl_pci_rx_interrupt(), there is no error checking of the return
value of _rtl_pci_init_one_rxdesc(), which might fail if the skb couldn't be
allocated.  I am wondering if this could be causing the problem.

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