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Date:   Fri,  3 Nov 2017 20:28:57 +0900
From:   Hector Martin <>
Cc:,, Hector Martin <>
Subject: [PATCH] firewire-ohci: work around oversized DMA reads on JMicron controllers

At least some JMicron controllers issue buggy oversized DMA reads when
fetching context descriptors, always fetching 0x20 bytes at once for
descriptors which are only 0x10 bytes long. This is often harmless, but
can cause page faults on modern systems with IOMMUs:

DMAR: [DMA Read] Request device [05:00.0] fault addr fff56000 [fault reason 06] PTE Read access is not set
firewire_ohci 0000:05:00.0: DMA context IT0 has stopped, error code: evt_descriptor_read

This works around the problem by always leaving 0x10 padding bytes at
the end of descriptor buffer pages, which should be harmless to do
unconditionally for controllers in case others have the same behavior.

Signed-off-by: Hector Martin <>
 drivers/firewire/ohci.c | 8 +++++++-
 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/firewire/ohci.c b/drivers/firewire/ohci.c
index 8bf89267dc25..d731b413cb2c 100644
--- a/drivers/firewire/ohci.c
+++ b/drivers/firewire/ohci.c
@@ -1130,7 +1130,13 @@ static int context_add_buffer(struct context *ctx)
 		return -ENOMEM;
 	offset = (void *)&desc->buffer - (void *)desc;
-	desc->buffer_size = PAGE_SIZE - offset;
+	/*
+	 * Some controllers, like JMicron ones, always issue 0x20-byte DMA reads
+	 * for descriptors, even 0x10-byte ones. This can cause page faults when
+	 * an IOMMU is in use and the oversized read crosses a page boundary.
+	 * Work around this by always leaving at least 0x10 bytes of padding.
+	 */
+	desc->buffer_size = PAGE_SIZE - offset - 0x10;
 	desc->buffer_bus = bus_addr + offset;
 	desc->used = 0;

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