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Date:	Tue, 02 Feb 2010 11:58:23 -0500
From:	Jon Masters <>
To:	Eric Dumazet <>
Cc:	Alexey Dobriyan <>,
	Patrick McHardy <>,
	linux-kernel <>,
	netdev <>,
	netfilter-devel <>,
	"Paul E. McKenney" <>
Subject: PROBLEM with summary: Re: [PATCH] netfilter: per netns

On Tue, 2010-02-02 at 11:46 -0500, Jon Masters wrote:
> On Tue, 2010-02-02 at 06:35 -0500, Jon Masters wrote:
> > I think there's something more fundamental going on here.
> What happens is the conntrack code attempts to free
> nf_conntrack_untracked back into the SL[U]B cache from which it
> allocates other ct's. There's just one problem...that's a static struct
> not from the cache. So, this is why we end up with the SLAB being
> corrupted and the address immediately following the
> nf_conntrack_untracked being corrupted.
> I shoved some debug comments into the destroy code to see if we were
> trying to free nf_conntrack_untracked, and bingo. I have shoved a panic
> in there now, will send you a backtrace.

So we attach after starting a VM due to icmpv6_error setting the ct in
some incoming skb to the "untracked" catchall one. Then we panic when I
force a panic if attempting to free the nf_conntrack_untracked static
struct with this backtrace:

#5  0xffffffff81455884 in panic (
    fmt=0xffffffff81ec51e0 "JCM: nf_conntrack_destroy: trying to destroy
    at kernel/panic.c:73
#6  0xffffffff813d266c in nf_conntrack_destroy (nfct=<value optimized
out>) at net/netfilter/core.c:244
#7  0xffffffff813abd97 in nf_conntrack_put (skb=0xffff880223b8b700) at
#8  skb_release_head_state (skb=0xffff880223b8b700) at
#9  0xffffffff813abaf9 in skb_release_all (skb=0xffff880223b8b700) at
#10 __kfree_skb (skb=0xffff880223b8b700) at net/core/skbuff.c:435
#11 0xffffffff813abbfe in kfree_skb (skb=0xffff880223b8b700) at

Could you please add (or recommend for me to test) some logic to catch
attempts to free the nf_conntrack_untracked and prevent it? Also, maybe
in the init_net code you could remove the re-initialization of the
untracked conntrack each time a namespace is created?



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