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Date:   Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:25:35 -0500 (EST)
From:   David Miller <>
Subject: Re: net/3com/3c515: Fix timer handling, prevent leaks and crashes

From: Thomas Gleixner <>
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2016 18:31:22 +0100 (CET)

> The timer handling in this driver is broken in several ways:
> - corkscrew_open() initializes and arms a timer before requesting the
>   device interrupt. If the request fails the timer stays armed.
>   A second call to corkscrew_open will unconditionally reinitialize the
>   quued timer and arm it again. Also a immediate device removal will leave
>   the timer queued because close() is not called (open() failed) and
>   therefore nothing issues del_timer().
>   The reinitialization corrupts the link chain in the timer wheel hash
>   bucket and causes a NULL pointer dereference when the timer wheel tries
>   to operate on that hash bucket. Immediate device removal lets the link
>   chain poke into freed and possibly reused memory.
>   Solution: Arm the timer after the successful irq request.
> - corkscrew_close() uses del_timer()
>   On close the timer is disarmed with del_timer() which lets the following
>   code race against a concurrent timer expiry function.
>   Solution: Use del_timer_sync() instead
> - corkscrew_close() calls del_timer() unconditionally
>   del_timer() is invoked even if the timer was never initialized. This
>   works by chance because the struct containing the timer is zeroed at
>   allocation time.
>   Solution: Move the setup of the timer into corkscrew_setup().
> Reported-by: Matthew Whitehead <>
> Signed-off-by: Thomas Gleixner <>

Applied, thanks Thomas.

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