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Date:   Thu, 11 Jun 2020 18:18:42 -0700 (PDT)
From:   David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net] rxrpc: Fix race between incoming ACK parser and

From: David Howells <>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2020 21:57:00 +0100

> There's a race between the retransmission code and the received ACK parser.
> The problem is that the retransmission loop has to drop the lock under
> which it is iterating through the transmission buffer in order to transmit
> a packet, but whilst the lock is dropped, the ACK parser can crank the Tx
> window round and discard the packets from the buffer.
> The retransmission code then updated the annotations for the wrong packet
> and a later retransmission thought it had to retransmit a packet that
> wasn't there, leading to a NULL pointer dereference.
> Fix this by:
>  (1) Moving the annotation change to before we drop the lock prior to
>      transmission.  This means we can't vary the annotation depending on
>      the outcome of the transmission, but that's fine - we'll retransmit
>      again later if it failed now.
>  (2) Skipping the packet if the skb pointer is NULL.
> The following oops was seen:
> 	BUG: kernel NULL pointer dereference, address: 000000000000002d
> 	Workqueue: krxrpcd rxrpc_process_call
> 	RIP: 0010:rxrpc_get_skb+0x14/0x8a
> 	...
> 	Call Trace:
> 	 rxrpc_resend+0x331/0x41e
> 	 ? get_vtime_delta+0x13/0x20
> 	 rxrpc_process_call+0x3c0/0x4ac
> 	 process_one_work+0x18f/0x27f
> 	 worker_thread+0x1a3/0x247
> 	 ? create_worker+0x17d/0x17d
> 	 kthread+0xe6/0xeb
> 	 ? kthread_delayed_work_timer_fn+0x83/0x83
> 	 ret_from_fork+0x1f/0x30
> Fixes: 248f219cb8bc ("rxrpc: Rewrite the data and ack handling code")
> Signed-off-by: David Howells <>

Applied, thanks.

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