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Date:	Sun, 27 Jan 2008 01:09:20 +0900
From:	Wei Yongjun <>
CC:	Vlad Yasevich <>
Subject: [PATCH] SCTP: Fix kernel panic while received retransmitted ASCONF
 chunk 3 times

While endpoint recived the ASCONF chunk with the same serial number for 
3 times, the endpoint will panic.

Test as following:

  Endpoint A                   Endpoint B
     ASCONF      ---------->
     (serial = 1) 
                 <----------   ASCONF-ACK
     ASCONF      ---------->
     (serial = 1) 
                 <----------   ASCONF-ACK
     ASCONF      ---------->
     (serial = 1) 
                               kernel panic

This is besause if endpoint received the first ASCONF chunk, ASCONF-ACK 
chunk will be send to reponse this ASCONF chunk, and the ASCONF-ACK will 
be cached as asoc->addip_last_asconf_ack. After this, if ASCONF chunk 
with the same serial number received will be treat as retransmitted 
ASCONF chunk and just responsed with the cached 
asoc->addip_last_asconf_ack. But before we use this cached chunk, we not 
increase the user count of this chunk with sctp_chunk_hold() ,  after 
send ASCONF-ACK, sctp_chunk_free() will be used to free 
asoc->addip_last_asconf_ack. So when the third ASCONF chunk with the 
same serial number is received, it responsed with the cached 
asoc->addip_last_asconf_ack too, but asoc->addip_last_asconf_ack has 
been freed, So kernel panic is occurred.

Folowing is the kernel panic message. And this patch fix this problem.

kernel BUG at net/sctp/outqueue.c:789!
invalid opcode: 0000 [#1] SMP
Modules linked in: md5 sctp ipv6 dm_mirror dm_mod sbs sbshc battery lp snd_ens1371

Pid: 0, comm: swapper Not tainted (2.6.24 #1)
EIP: 0060:[<c8a8f9ba>] EFLAGS: 00010216 CPU: 0
EIP is at sctp_outq_flush+0x16b/0x5d3 [sctp]
EAX: c735f43c EBX: c8a9dc64 ECX: 00000046 EDX: 00000000
ESI: c7aa3b00 EDI: c794ea00 EBP: c7a953d0 ESP: c0757cf4
 DS: 007b ES: 007b FS: 00d8 GS: 0000 SS: 0068
Process swapper (pid: 0, ti=c0757000 task=c06d63a0 task.ti=c070f000)
Stack: c1107d80 c0441e6f c7aa3b00 00000064 00000000 c7a953bc c794eae0 c7a94000
       034d0be8 00000001 00000000 00000000 00000001 00000000 c043bc66 c7aa3b00
       c7a953bc c7a94000 c8a9c760 c042bfc6 c8a9f18d c7aa3b00 c7a953bc c8a90259
Call Trace:
 [<c0441e6f>] tick_handle_periodic+0x17/0x5c
 [<c043bc66>] autoremove_wake_function+0x15/0x35
 [<c042bfc6>] printk+0x1b/0x1f
 [<c8a90259>] sctp_outq_tail+0x128/0x172 [sctp]
 [<c8a87631>] sctp_do_sm+0xeb0/0x103f [sctp]
 [<c8a8a639>] sctp_assoc_bh_rcv+0xc1/0xf4 [sctp]
 [<c8a8eb77>] sctp_inq_push+0x2a/0x2d [sctp]
 [<c8a9924b>] sctp_rcv+0x5c3/0x6a4 [sctp]
 [<c0425247>] try_to_wake_up+0x3bb/0x3c5
 [<c0421f8a>] __update_rq_clock+0x19/0x156
 [<c04409e1>] clocksource_get_next+0x39/0x3f
 [<c0421f8a>] __update_rq_clock+0x19/0x156
 [<c05dd9ba>] ip_local_deliver_finish+0xda/0x17d
 [<c05dd8c1>] ip_rcv_finish+0x2c5/0x2e4
 [<c0441e6f>] tick_handle_periodic+0x17/0x5c
 [<c041ae2a>] smp_apic_timer_interrupt+0x74/0x80
 [<c05ddb19>] ip_rcv+0x0/0x237
 [<c05c15ed>] netif_receive_skb+0x328/0x392
 [<c05c39c0>] process_backlog+0x5c/0x9a
 [<c05c34ce>] net_rx_action+0x8d/0x163
 [<c0432dbb>] run_timer_softirq+0x2f/0x156
 [<c042fdd7>] __do_softirq+0x5d/0xc1
 [<c0406f38>] do_softirq+0x59/0xa8
 [<c0441e6f>] tick_handle_periodic+0x17/0x5c
 [<c041ae2a>] smp_apic_timer_interrupt+0x74/0x80
 [<c0403c87>] default_idle+0x0/0x3e
 [<c0403c87>] default_idle+0x0/0x3e
 [<c04058c0>] apic_timer_interrupt+0x28/0x30
 [<c0403c87>] default_idle+0x0/0x3e
 [<c0403cb3>] default_idle+0x2c/0x3e
 [<c0403571>] cpu_idle+0x92/0xab
 [<c07148ea>] start_kernel+0x2f7/0x2ff
 [<c07140e0>] unknown_bootoption+0x0/0x195
Code: 00 89 f2 89 d8 e8 b3 88 00 00 89 d8 e8 1e 83 00 00 85 c0 89 44 24 2c 
EIP: [<c8a8f9ba>] sctp_outq_flush+0x16b/0x5d3 [sctp] SS:ESP 0068:c0757cf4
Kernel panic - not syncing: Fatal exception in interrupt

Signed-off-by: Wei Yongjun <>

--- a/net/sctp/sm_statefuns.c	2008-01-25 00:50:27.000000000 -0500
+++ b/net/sctp/sm_statefuns.c	2008-01-25 03:03:15.000000000 -0500
@@ -3420,9 +3420,10 @@ sctp_disposition_t sctp_sf_do_asconf(con
 		 * time and instead of re-processing the ASCONF (with the same
 		 * serial number) it may just re-transmit the ASCONF-ACK.
-		if (asoc->addip_last_asconf_ack)
+		if (asoc->addip_last_asconf_ack) {
 			asconf_ack = asoc->addip_last_asconf_ack;
-		else
+			sctp_chunk_hold(asconf_ack);
+		} else
 	} else {
 		/* ADDIP 4.2 C4) Otherwise, the ASCONF Chunk is discarded since

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