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Date:   Sat, 27 Jan 2018 10:58:43 -0800
From:   Eric Dumazet <>
To:     David Miller <>
Cc:     netdev <>,
        Jamal Hadi Salim <>,
        Cong Wang <>,
        Jiri Pirko <>
Subject: [PATCH net] net_sched: gen_estimator: fix lockdep splat

From: Eric Dumazet <>

syzbot reported a lockdep splat in gen_new_estimator() /
est_fetch_counters() when attempting to lock est->stats_lock.

Since est_fetch_counters() is called from BH context from timer
interrupt, we need to block BH as well when calling it from process

Most qdiscs use per cpu counters and are immune to the problem,
but net/sched/act_api.c and net/netfilter/xt_RATEEST.c are using
a spinlock to protect their data. They both call gen_new_estimator()
while object is created and not yet alive, so this bug could
not trigger a deadlock, only a lockdep splat.

Fixes: 1c0d32fde5bd ("net_sched: gen_estimator: complete rewrite of rate estimators")
Signed-off-by: Eric Dumazet <>
Reported-by: syzbot <>
 net/core/gen_estimator.c |    4 ++++
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+)

diff --git a/net/core/gen_estimator.c b/net/core/gen_estimator.c
index 9834cfa21b21168a7654290dc2a999e41937b534..0a3f88f08727f1f1217560407ff539c8a8c17496 100644
--- a/net/core/gen_estimator.c
+++ b/net/core/gen_estimator.c
@@ -159,7 +159,11 @@ int gen_new_estimator(struct gnet_stats_basic_packed *bstats,
 	est->intvl_log = intvl_log;
 	est->cpu_bstats = cpu_bstats;
+	if (stats_lock)
+		local_bh_disable();
 	est_fetch_counters(est, &b);
+	if (stats_lock)
+		local_bh_enable();
 	est->last_bytes = b.bytes;
 	est->last_packets = b.packets;
 	old = rcu_dereference_protected(*rate_est, 1);

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