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Date:	Mon, 6 Sep 2010 01:51:08 +0800
From:	Changli Gao <>
To:	Eric Dumazet <>
Cc:	"David S. Miller" <>,
	Linux Netdev List <>
Subject: Re: net: af_packet: skb_orphan should be avoided in TX path.

On Mon, Sep 6, 2010 at 1:43 AM, Eric Dumazet <> wrote:
> Le lundi 06 septembre 2010 à 01:18 +0800, Changli Gao a écrit :
>> af_packet uses tpacket_destruct_skb() to notify its user a frame is
>> sent out through NIC, and the memory for that frame is available for
>> the others. If the driver calls skb_orphan() before the frame is sent
>> out successfully, and the user may fill other data into the space for
>> this frame, this frame will be corrupted. It became more likely after
>> skb_try_orphan() was added into dev_hard_start_xmit().
>> Am I correct?
> Yes good catch. We might add a :
> so that skb_orphan_try() do not early orphan this kind of skb

It may solve the issue of skb_orphan_try(), but some NICs still call
skb_orphan(). Maybe replacing skb_orphan() with skb_orphan_try() can
work around this issue.

localhost linux # grep skb_orphan drivers/net/ -r
drivers/net/can/dev.c:                  skb_orphan(skb);
drivers/net/mlx4/en_tx.c:               skb_orphan(skb);
drivers/net/cxgb3/sge.c:                skb_orphan(skb);
drivers/net/cxgb4/sge.c:                skb_orphan(skb);
drivers/net/niu.c:              skb_orphan(skb);
drivers/net/cxgb4vf/sge.c:              skb_orphan(skb);
drivers/net/tun.c:      skb_orphan(skb);
drivers/net/virtio_net.c:       skb_orphan(skb);
drivers/net/loopback.c: skb_orphan(skb);
drivers/net/wireless/mac80211_hwsim.c:  skb_orphan(skb);
drivers/net/wireless/libertas/tx.c:             skb_orphan(skb);

Changli Gao(
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