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Date:	Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:34:16 -0800
From:	Michael Dalton <>
To:	Eric Dumazet <>
Cc:	"Michael S. Tsirkin" <>,
	Jason Wang <>,
	Rusty Russell <>,
	lf-virt <>,,,
	Eric Dumazet <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net] virtio-net: fix page refcnt leaking when fail to
 allocate frag skb


After further reflection I think we're looking at two related issues:
(a) a memory leak that Jason has identified that occurs when a memory
allocation fails in receive_mergeable. Jasons commit solves this issue.
(b) virtio-net does not dequeue all buffers for a packet in the
case that an error occurs on receive and mergeable receive buffers is

For (a), this bug is new and due to changes in 2613af0ed18a, and the
net impact is memory leak on the physical page. However, I believe (b)
has always been possible in some form because if page_to_skb() returns
NULL (e.g., due to SKB allocation failure), receive_mergeable is never
called. AFAICT this is also the behavior prior to 2613af0ed18a.

The net impact of (b) would be that virtio-net would interpret a packet
buffer that is in the middle of a mergeable packet as the start of a
new packet, which is definitely also a bug (and the buffer contents
could contain bytes that resembled a valid virtio-net header).

A solution for (b) will require handling both the page_to_skb memory
allocation failures and the memory allocation failures in
receive_mergeable introduced by 2613af0ed18a.


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