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Date:	Thu, 22 Mar 2012 21:22:18 +0800
From:	Ming Lei <>
To:	"David S. Miller" <>,
	Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
	Ming Lei <>,,
	Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <>,
	Alan Stern <>,
	Oliver Neukum <>
Subject: [PATCH 1/2] usbnet: increase URB reference count before usb_unlink_urb

Commit 4231d47e6fe69f061f96c98c30eaf9fb4c14b96d(net/usbnet: avoid
recursive locking in usbnet_stop()) fixes the recursive locking
problem by releasing the skb queue lock, but it makes usb_unlink_urb
racing with defer_bh, and the URB to being unlinked may be freed before
or during calling usb_unlink_urb, so use-after-free problem may be
triggerd inside usb_unlink_urb.

The patch fixes the use-after-free problem by increasing URB
reference count with skb queue lock held before calling
usb_unlink_urb, so the URB won't be freed until return from

Cc: Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <>
Cc: Alan Stern <>
Cc: Oliver Neukum <>
Reported-by: Dave Jones <>
Signed-off-by: Ming Lei <>
 drivers/net/usb/usbnet.c |    9 +++++++++
 1 files changed, 9 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/usb/usbnet.c b/drivers/net/usb/usbnet.c
index 4b8b52c..febfdce 100644
--- a/drivers/net/usb/usbnet.c
+++ b/drivers/net/usb/usbnet.c
@@ -589,6 +589,14 @@ static int unlink_urbs (struct usbnet *dev, struct sk_buff_head *q)
 		entry = (struct skb_data *) skb->cb;
 		urb = entry->urb;
+		/*
+		 * Get reference count of the URB to avoid it to be
+		 * freed during usb_unlink_urb, which may trigger
+		 * use-after-free problem inside usb_unlink_urb since
+		 * usb_unlink_urb is always racing with .complete
+		 * handler(include defer_bh).
+		 */
+		usb_get_urb(urb);
 		spin_unlock_irqrestore(&q->lock, flags);
 		// during some PM-driven resume scenarios,
 		// these (async) unlinks complete immediately
@@ -597,6 +605,7 @@ static int unlink_urbs (struct usbnet *dev, struct sk_buff_head *q)
 			netdev_dbg(dev->net, "unlink urb err, %d\n", retval);
+		usb_put_urb(urb);
 		spin_lock_irqsave(&q->lock, flags);
 	spin_unlock_irqrestore (&q->lock, flags);

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