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Date:   Wed, 1 May 2019 17:48:19 -0700
From:   Cong Wang <>
To:     Matteo Croce <>
Cc:     Vlad Buslov <>,
        Linux Kernel Network Developers <>,
        LKML <>,
        Jamal Hadi Salim <>,
        Jiri Pirko <>,
        "David S. Miller" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net] cls_matchall: avoid panic when receiving a packet
 before filter set

On Wed, May 1, 2019 at 2:27 AM Matteo Croce <> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 11:25 PM Cong Wang <> wrote:
> >
> > On Mon, Apr 29, 2019 at 10:38 AM Matteo Croce <> wrote:
> > >
> > > When a matchall classifier is added, there is a small time interval in
> > > which tp->root is NULL. If we receive a packet in this small time slice
> > > a NULL pointer dereference will happen, leading to a kernel panic:
> >
> > Hmm, why not just check tp->root against NULL in mall_classify()?
> >
> > Also, which is the offending commit here? Please add a Fixes: tag.
> >
> > Thanks.
> Hi,
> I just want to avoid an extra check which would be made for every packet.
> Probably the benefit over a check is negligible, but it's still a
> per-packet thing.
> If you prefer a simple check, I can make a v2 that way.

Yeah, I think that is better, you can add an unlikely() for performance
concern, as NULL is a rare case.

> For the fixes tag, I didn't put it as I'm not really sure about the
> offending commit. I guess it's the following, what do you think?
> commit ed76f5edccc98fa66f2337f0b3b255d6e1a568b7
> Author: Vlad Buslov <>
> Date:   Mon Feb 11 10:55:38 2019 +0200
>     net: sched: protect filter_chain list with filter_chain_lock mutex

I think you are right, this is the commit introduced the code
that inserts the tp before fully initializing it. Please Cc Vlad
for your v2, in case we blame a wrong commit here.

BTW, it looks like cls_cgroup needs a same fix. Please audit
other tc filters as well.


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