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Date:	Thu, 1 May 2008 10:58:39 +0200
From:	Michael Buesch <>
To:	Johannes Berg <>
Cc:	netdev <>,
	linux-wireless <>
Subject: Re: mac80211 truesize bugs

On Thursday 01 May 2008 04:02:48 Johannes Berg wrote:
> Hi,
> Whenever you run a monitor interface in mac80211, you can see lots of
> truesize bugs:
> SKB BUG: Invalid truesize (464) len=307, sizeof(sk_buff)=176
> It appears to be caused by mac80211's re-injection of the transmitted
> frame. For those not familiar, here's what happens:
> When a frame comes in on say wlan0's hard_start_xmit(), it is prepared
> for transmission by the code there (802.11 headers added etc.) and then
> scheduled to the master interface. Once it arrives on the master
> (wmaster0) interface's hard_start_xmit(), it is modified again and
> finally handed to the driver.
> When the driver has transmitted the frame (successfully or not) it
> reports the status of the transmission to mac80211 including the skb the
> driver was given. At that point, things go different depending on
> circumstances.
> If no monitor interfaces are present, mac80211 simply orphans the skb
> and destroys it. If there are monitor interfaces, it pushes some data
> into the skb (the radiotap transmit status) and hands clones of the skb
> to netif_rx() for each monitor interface, or the skb itself for the last
> interface in the list.

Hm, unrelated to this...
But I am wondering what happens if the driver adds a device header to the skb.
Is that header then also passed up netif_rx()?
This doesn't happen for b43, as we use the DMA fragmentation to transmit the header,
but it might happen for zd1211rw and others.

> All this is in net/mac80211/main.c:ieee80211_tx_status.
> Now, the thing is that the skb truesize bug ONLY occurs when the last
> part here is done when a radiotap monitor interface is present, if you
> add
> 	dev_kfree_skb(skb);
> 	return;
> in that function somewhere before the skb_orphan() call it never
> happens. Hence, I'm confused. Since I only have a single monitor
> interface when this happens, it can't be due to af_packet either,
> afaict.
> Can anyone help me diagnose this?

Seems the skb->destructor messes it up.

Greetings Michael.
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