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Date:	Thu, 01 May 2008 03:49:50 -0700 (PDT)
From:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: mac80211 truesize bugs

From: Herbert Xu <>
Date: Thu, 01 May 2008 18:36:49 +0800

> David Miller <> wrote:
> > +       /* This is safe because the buffer has been orphaned.  */
> > +       skb->truesize += sizeof(*rthdr);
> skb->truesize should always account the skb->head area in its
> entirety so we should never need to adjust it when pushing or
> pulling.  So I suggest we find the place that expanded the head
> area and make the adjustment there.  Alternative we could adjust
> it right after the orphan call if the expansion occurs where we
> can't adjust the truesize.

That makes more sense, good catch Herbert.

I guess it's the pskb_expand_head() calls done by net/mac80211/tx.c
I suspect we'll need to orphan early in order to accomodate these
adjustments, otherwise socket memory buffer allocations will
be corrupted.

Once that is cured, I think we can detect this better, by adding a
carefully constructed assertion to pskb_expand_head().  Basically, the
idea is, if "nhead" or "ntail" are non-zero, and there is a socket
still attached to the SKB, print a warning message.

Something like:

diff --git a/net/core/skbuff.c b/net/core/skbuff.c
index 4fe605f..9bfca08 100644
--- a/net/core/skbuff.c
+++ b/net/core/skbuff.c
@@ -699,6 +699,12 @@ int pskb_expand_head(struct sk_buff *skb, int nhead, int ntail,
 	if (skb_shared(skb))
+	if (unlikely((nhead || ntail) && skb->sk)) {
+		printk(KERN_ERR "SKB BUG: Illegal pskb expand (%d:%d) "
+		       "with socket attached\n",
+		       nhead, ntail);
+	}
 	size = SKB_DATA_ALIGN(size);
 	data = kmalloc(size + sizeof(struct skb_shared_info), gfp_mask);

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