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Date:	Wed, 23 Mar 2016 22:39:50 -0600
From:	Subash Abhinov Kasiviswanathan <>
Cc:	Subash Abhinov Kasiviswanathan <>,
	Jerome Stanislaus <>
Subject: [PATCH net v2 RESEND] xfrm: Fix crash observed during device unregistration and decryption

A crash is observed when a decrypted packet is processed in receive
path. get_rps_cpus() tries to dereference the skb->dev fields but it
appears that the device is freed from the poison pattern.

[<ffffffc000af58ec>] get_rps_cpu+0x94/0x2f0
[<ffffffc000af5f94>] netif_rx_internal+0x140/0x1cc
[<ffffffc000af6094>] netif_rx+0x74/0x94
[<ffffffc000bc0b6c>] xfrm_input+0x754/0x7d0
[<ffffffc000bc0bf8>] xfrm_input_resume+0x10/0x1c
[<ffffffc000ba6eb8>] esp_input_done+0x20/0x30
[<ffffffc0000b64c8>] process_one_work+0x244/0x3fc
[<ffffffc0000b7324>] worker_thread+0x2f8/0x418
[<ffffffc0000bb40c>] kthread+0xe0/0xec

     |    dev = 0xFFFFFFC08B688000,
     |    skb = 0xFFFFFFC0C76AAC00 -> (
     |      dev = 0xFFFFFFC08B688000 -> (
     |        name =
     |        name_hlist = (next = 0xAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, pprev =

Following are the sequence of events observed -

- Encrypted packet in receive path from netdevice is queued
- Encrypted packet queued for decryption (asynchronous)
- Netdevice brought down and freed
- Packet is decrypted and returned through callback in esp_input_done
- Packet is queued again for process in network stack using netif_rx

Since the device appears to have been freed, the dereference of
skb->dev in get_rps_cpus() leads to an unhandled page fault

Fix this by holding on to device reference when queueing packets
asynchronously and releasing the reference on call back return.

v2: Make the change generic to xfrm as mentioned by Steffen and
update the title to xfrm

Suggested-by: Herbert Xu <>
Signed-off-by: Jerome Stanislaus <>
Signed-off-by: Subash Abhinov Kasiviswanathan <>
 net/xfrm/xfrm_input.c | 3 +++
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)

diff --git a/net/xfrm/xfrm_input.c b/net/xfrm/xfrm_input.c
index ad7f5b3..1c4ad47 100644
--- a/net/xfrm/xfrm_input.c
+++ b/net/xfrm/xfrm_input.c
@@ -292,12 +292,15 @@ int xfrm_input(struct sk_buff *skb, int nexthdr, __be32 spi, int encap_type)
 		XFRM_SKB_CB(skb)->seq.input.hi = seq_hi;
+		dev_hold(skb->dev);
 		nexthdr = x->type->input(x, skb);
 		if (nexthdr == -EINPROGRESS)
 			return 0;
+		dev_put(skb->dev);
 		if (nexthdr <= 0) {
 			if (nexthdr == -EBADMSG) {

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