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Date:	Thu, 3 Feb 2011 21:18:05 -0200
From:	Flavio Leitner <>
To:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] niu: fix SMP race protecting rx_rings and tx_rings

On Thu, Feb 03, 2011 at 02:21:45PM -0800, David Miller wrote:
> From: Flavio Leitner <>
> Date: Thu,  3 Feb 2011 16:45:17 -0200
> > It's possible to trigger a crash if one CPU is opening
> > the device while another CPU gets its statistics.
> > 
> > It happens because niu_alloc_channels() called from
> > niu_open() sets num_tx/rx_rings before allocating the
> > ring, so the other thread crashes when accessing
> > np->tx_rings[i].tx_packets at niu_get_tx_stats().
> > 
> > Signed-off-by: Flavio Leitner <>
>  ...
> > Compile tested only because I don't have the hardware.
> I'll apply this and give it a quick test, thanks.
> Can you have the person who reported this crash to you test the patch
> out at least?  That's how you learned about this problem, right,
> someone else hit the crash?
> In such cases I'd really appreciate it if you got positive testing
> feedback from the reporter before posting the patch.
> Longer term a better way to fix this is to RCU free the ring data
> structures, and use a quick NULL test at the top of the get stats
> implementation.

Ok, I can write a new version using RCU if you like.
I've chose rwsem because I think those operations aren't
frequent. The RCU leaves an operation to run later during
a safe context, so I thought the cost doesn't worth it.

I'm trying to get testing feedback as well, not sure yet
if it will be possible though. Anyway, I'll update here
when I heard something.

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