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Date:	Sat, 23 May 2009 13:51:43 +0200
From:	Lennert Buytenhek <>
To:	Andy Fleming <>,
	Michael Guntsche <>
Cc:,,, "Rafael J. Wysocki" <>
Subject: [PATCH,RFC] gianfar: fix BUG under load after introduction of skb recycling

Since commit 0fd56bb5be6455d0d42241e65aed057244665e5e ("gianfar:
Add support for skb recycling"), gianfar puts skbuffs that are in
the rx ring back onto the recycle list as-is in case there was a
receive error, but this breaks the following invariant: that all
skbuffs on the recycle list have skb->data = skb->head + NET_SKB_PAD.

The RXBUF_ALIGNMENT realignment done in gfar_new_skb() will be done
twice on skbuffs recycled in this way, causing there not to be enough
room in the skb anymore to receive a full packet, eventually leading
to an skb_over_panic from gfar_clean_rx_ring() -> skb_put().

Resetting the skb->data pointer to skb->head + NET_SKB_PAD before
putting the skb back onto the recycle list restores the mentioned
invariant, and should fix this issue.

Reported-by: Michael Guntsche <>
Signed-off-by: Lennert Buytenhek <>
This might/should/could fix

Michael, can you re-test with this version of the patch?
Andy, can you see if this is OK with you?

diff --git a/drivers/net/gianfar.c b/drivers/net/gianfar.c
index b2c4967..a051918 100644
--- a/drivers/net/gianfar.c
+++ b/drivers/net/gianfar.c
@@ -1885,8 +1885,17 @@ int gfar_clean_rx_ring(struct net_device *dev, int rx_work_limit)
 			if (unlikely(!newskb))
 				newskb = skb;
-			else if (skb)
+			else if (skb) {
+				/*
+				 * We need to reset ->data to what it
+				 * was before gfar_new_skb() re-aligned
+				 * it to an RXBUF_ALIGNMENT boundary
+				 * before we put the skb back on the
+				 * recycle list.
+				 */
+				skb->data = skb->head + NET_SKB_PAD;
 				__skb_queue_head(&priv->rx_recycle, skb);
+			}
 		} else {
 			/* Increment the number of packets */

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