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Date:	Sun, 11 Mar 2007 05:41:43 +0100
From:	Florian Zumbiehl <>
Subject: [PATCH 4/4] PPPoE: race between interface going down and release()


below you find the last patch for now. It (hopefully) fixes a race
between a socket being release()d and the interface it's using going
down. As pppoe_release() didn't lock the socket, and pppoe_flush_dev()
did the locking in the wrong place, pppoe_flush_dev() could set
po->pppoe_dev to NULL, which would then cause pppoe_release() to not
dev_put() the interface, but to still mark the socket as DEAD,
which in turn would cause pppoe_flush_dev() to not dev_put() the
interface, effectively leaking one reference to the device, thus making it
impossible to remove (ignoring the possibility of overflowing the reference
counter by repeated use of this race ;-).

The thing I'm not quite sure about is whether the "outer"

|                        if (po->pppoe_dev == dev) {

is actually reliable this way on SMP systems, as far as cache consistency
is concerned. I left it that way for now, as any alternative locking
strategies that would lock the socket before doing this comparison seemed
to be pretty complicated to implement because of the need to drop the
hash table lock before trying to acquire the socket lock, so I'd rather
be sure that this actually is a problem before I try to solve it ;-)


diff --git a/drivers/net/pppoe.c b/drivers/net/pppoe.c
index 1aeac2c..f5abfff 100644
--- a/drivers/net/pppoe.c
+++ b/drivers/net/pppoe.c
@@ -253,7 +253,6 @@ static void pppoe_flush_dev(struct net_device *dev)
 				struct sock *sk = sk_pppox(po);
-				po->pppoe_dev = NULL;
 				/* We hold a reference to SK, now drop the
 				 * hash table lock so that we may attempt
@@ -263,12 +262,15 @@ static void pppoe_flush_dev(struct net_device *dev)
-				if (sk->sk_state &
-					pppox_unbind_sock(sk);
+				if(po->pppoe_dev==dev){
-					sk->sk_state = PPPOX_ZOMBIE;
-					sk->sk_state_change(sk);
+					po->pppoe_dev = NULL;
+					if (sk->sk_state &
+						pppox_unbind_sock(sk);
+						sk->sk_state = PPPOX_ZOMBIE;
+						sk->sk_state_change(sk);
+					}
@@ -504,8 +506,11 @@ static int pppoe_release(struct socket *sock)
 	if (!sk)
 		return 0;
-	if (sock_flag(sk, SOCK_DEAD))
+	lock_sock(sk);
+	if (sock_flag(sk, SOCK_DEAD)){
+		release_sock(sk);
 		return -EBADF;
+	}
@@ -526,6 +531,7 @@ static int pppoe_release(struct socket *sock)
 	sock->sk = NULL;
+	release_sock(sk);
 	return 0;
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