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Date:   Tue, 5 Mar 2019 11:58:42 -0800
From:   Joe Stringer <joe@....org>
To:     Christian Ehrhardt <christian.ehrhardt@...onical.com>
Cc:     Juerg Haefliger <juerg.haefliger@...onical.com>,
        James Page <james.page@...onical.com>,
        Pravin Shelar <pshelar@....org>,
        David Miller <davem@...emloft.net>,
        netdev <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
        "<dev@...nvswitch.org>" <dev@...nvswitch.org>,
        LKML <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        Jarno Rajahalme <jarno@....org>
Subject: Re: [ovs-dev] openvswitch crash on i386

On Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 2:12 AM Christian Ehrhardt
<christian.ehrhardt@...onical.com> wrote:
>
> On Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 10:58 AM Juerg Haefliger
> <juerg.haefliger@...onical.com> wrote:
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > Running the following commands in a loop will crash an i386 5.0 kernel
> > typically within a few iterations:
> >
> > ovs-vsctl add-br test
> > ovs-vsctl del-br test
> >
> > [  106.215748] BUG: unable to handle kernel paging request at e8a35f3b
> > [  106.216733] #PF error: [normal kernel read fault]
> > [  106.217464] *pdpt = 0000000019a76001 *pde = 0000000000000000
> > [  106.218346] Oops: 0000 [#1] SMP PTI
> > [  106.218911] CPU: 0 PID: 2050 Comm: systemd-udevd Tainted: G            E     5.0.0 #25
> > [  106.220103] Hardware name: QEMU Standard PC (i440FX + PIIX, 1996), BIOS 1.11.1-1ubuntu1 04/01/2014
> > [  106.221447] EIP: kmem_cache_alloc_trace+0x7a/0x1b0
> > [  106.222178] Code: 01 00 00 8b 07 64 8b 50 04 64 03 05 28 61 e8 d2 8b 08 89 4d ec 85 c9 0f 84 03 01 00 00 8b 45 ec 8b 5f 14 8d 4a 01 8b 37 01 c3 <33> 1b 33 9f b4 00 00 00 64 0f c7 0e 75 cb 8b 75 ec 8b 47 14 0f 18
> > [  106.224752] EAX: e8a35f3b EBX: e8a35f3b ECX: 0000869f EDX: 0000869e
> > [  106.225683] ESI: d2e96ef0 EDI: da401a00 EBP: d9b85dd0 ESP: d9b85db0
> > [  106.226662] DS: 007b ES: 007b FS: 00d8 GS: 00e0 SS: 0068 EFLAGS: 00010282
> > [  106.227710] CR0: 80050033 CR2: e8a35f3b CR3: 185b8000 CR4: 000006f0
> > [  106.228703] DR0: 00000000 DR1: 00000000 DR2: 00000000 DR3: 00000000
> > [  106.229604] DR6: fffe0ff0 DR7: 00000400
> > [  106.230114] Call Trace:
> > [  106.230525]  ? kernfs_fop_open+0xb4/0x390
> > [  106.231176]  kernfs_fop_open+0xb4/0x390
> > [  106.231856]  ? security_file_open+0x7c/0xc0
> > [  106.232562]  do_dentry_open+0x131/0x370
> > [  106.233229]  ? kernfs_fop_write+0x180/0x180
> > [  106.233905]  vfs_open+0x25/0x30
> > [  106.234432]  path_openat+0x2fd/0x1450
> > [  106.235084]  ? cp_new_stat64+0x115/0x140
> > [  106.235754]  ? cp_new_stat64+0x115/0x140
> > [  106.236427]  do_filp_open+0x6a/0xd0
> > [  106.237026]  ? cp_new_stat64+0x115/0x140
> > [  106.237748]  ? strncpy_from_user+0x3d/0x180
> > [  106.238539]  ? __alloc_fd+0x36/0x120
> > [  106.239256]  do_sys_open+0x175/0x210
> > [  106.239955]  sys_openat+0x1b/0x20
> > [  106.240596]  do_fast_syscall_32+0x7f/0x1e0
> > [  106.241313]  entry_SYSENTER_32+0x6b/0xbe
> > [  106.242017] EIP: 0xb7fae871
> > [  106.242559] Code: 8b 98 58 cd ff ff 89 c8 85 d2 74 02 89 0a 5b 5d c3 8b 04 24 c3 8b 14 24 c3 8b 34 24 c3 8b 3c 24 c3 51 52 55 89 e5 0f 34 cd 80 <5d> 5a 59 c3 90 90 90 90 8d 76 00 58 b8 77 00 00 00 cd 80 90 8d 76
> > [  106.245551] EAX: ffffffda EBX: ffffff9c ECX: bffdcb60 EDX: 00088000
> > [  106.246651] ESI: 00000000 EDI: b7f9e000 EBP: 00088000 ESP: bffdc970
> > [  106.247706] DS: 007b ES: 007b FS: 0000 GS: 0033 SS: 007b EFLAGS: 00000246
> > [  106.248851] Modules linked in: openvswitch(E)
> > [  106.249621] CR2: 00000000e8a35f3b
> > [  106.250218] ---[ end trace 6a8d05679a59cda7 ]---
> >
> > I've bisected this down to the following commit that seems to have introduced
> > the issue:
> >
> > commit 120645513f55a4ac5543120d9e79925d30a0156f (refs/bisect/bad)
> > Author: Jarno Rajahalme <jarno@....org>
> > Date:   Fri Apr 21 16:48:06 2017 -0700
> >
> >     openvswitch: Add eventmask support to CT action.
> >
> >     Add a new optional conntrack action attribute OVS_CT_ATTR_EVENTMASK,
> >     which can be used in conjunction with the commit flag
> >     (OVS_CT_ATTR_COMMIT) to set the mask of bits specifying which
> >     conntrack events (IPCT_*) should be delivered via the Netfilter
> >     netlink multicast groups.  Default behavior depends on the system
> >     configuration, but typically a lot of events are delivered.  This can be
> >     very chatty for the NFNLGRP_CONNTRACK_UPDATE group, even if only some
> >     types of events are of interest.
> >
> >     Netfilter core init_conntrack() adds the event cache extension, so we
> >     only need to set the ctmask value.  However, if the system is
> >     configured without support for events, the setting will be skipped due
> >     to extension not being found.
> >
> >     Signed-off-by: Jarno Rajahalme <jarno@....org>
> >     Reviewed-by: Greg Rose <gvrose8192@...il.com>
> >     Acked-by: Joe Stringer <joe@....org>
> >     Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <davem@...emloft.net>
>
> Hi Juerg,
> the symptom, the identified breaking commit and actually all of it
> seems to be [1] which James, Joseph and I worked on already.
> I wanted to make you aware of the past context that already exists.
>
> Back then we already reverted the change, found it to be working then.
> Afterwards Joseph brought it up with Jarno [2] and got some patch it
> seems, but that (whatever change it was - I have never seen it) wasn't
> enough and still crashing.
> Then we lost traction on the case and now you had to re-debug it I'm afraid :-/
>
> [1]: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1736390
> [2]: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1736390/comments/55
>
> > Reverting that commit from 5.0 makes the problem go away. I'm not able to
> > reproduce the crash on x86_64.
> >
> > ...Juerg
> > _______________________________________________
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> > dev@...nvswitch.org
> > https://mail.openvswitch.org/mailman/listinfo/ovs-dev
>
>
>
> --
> Christian Ehrhardt
> Software Engineer, Ubuntu Server
> Canonical Ltd

Somehow the patch was shared on three different open source lists (the
bug, linux-kernel, and ovs-dev), yet only one of the three actually
retained the message:

https://mail.openvswitch.org/pipermail/ovs-dev/2018-September/352395.html

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