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Date:	Fri, 30 Mar 2007 17:33:28 +0300 (EEST)
From:	"Ilpo Järvinen" <>
To:	Andrew Morton <>
cc:, "David S. Miller" <>
Subject: Re: tcp crash in net-2.6 tree

On Thu, 29 Mar 2007, Andrew Morton wrote:

> Full -mm lineup.  The x86_64 box was acting as a distcc server at the time.
> Nothing hit the logs, I'm afraid. But almost all the info is in 
> <pokes around in gdb a bit>
> It died in tcp_update_scoreboard_fack() here:
>                 if ((!IsFack(tp) || !tcp_skb_timedout(sk, skb)) &&
>                     after(TCP_SKB_CB(skb)->seq, tp->high_seq)) {
>                         /* RFC: should we have find_below? */
>                         skb = tcp_write_queue_find(sk, tp->high_seq);
>                         not_marked_skb = skb;
>                         skb = tcp_write_queue_prev(sk, skb);
>                         /* Timedout top is again uncertain? */
>                         if (tcp_skb_timedout(sk, skb))
>                                 timedout_continue = 1;
>                 }
> (gdb) l *0xffffffff8048ded8
> 0xffffffff8048ded8 is in tcp_update_scoreboard_fack (include/net/tcp.h:1197).
> 1192            return skb->next;
> 1193    }
> 1194    
> 1195    static inline struct sk_buff *tcp_write_queue_prev(struct sock *sk, struct sk_buff *skb)
> 1196    {
> 1197            return skb->prev;
> 1198    }
> 1199    
> 1200    #define tcp_for_write_queue(skb, sk)                                   \
> (gdb) x/10i 0xffffffff8048ded8
> 0xffffffff8048ded8 <tcp_update_scoreboard_fack+528>:    mov    0x8(%rdx),%r12
> So if that "CR2: 0000000000000008" is the access address then it appears that
> `skb' is NULL.  tcp_write_queue_find() didn't find nuthin.

If there is nothing at high_seq (application hasn't given any data to/past 
that point), the search fails to find any skb and returns NULL... But I 
have no idea how this can happen? As TCP does after(skb->seq, 
tp->high_seq) (even in the quoted code block) guaranteeing that something 
is there after the high_seq for TCP to step temporarily on... So at least 
one skb should have it's end_seq after tp->high_seq (actually there 
should be at least two valid skbs after tp->high_seq since the used 
sequence number space does not have holes), which should be enough to get 
an existing skb from write_queue_find?!

I also checked all call paths to tcp_update_scoreboard_fack to make sure 
that snd_una hasn't gone past high_seq and found nothing suspicious (and 
that wouldn't return NULL anyway I think)...

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