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Date:   Sun, 16 Aug 2020 13:25:45 +0300
From:   Shay Agroskin <>
To:     Jakub Kicinski <>
CC:     <>, <>, <>,
        <>, <>, <>,
        <>, <>, <>,
        <>, <>, <>,
        <>, <>, <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH V1 net 1/3] net: ena: Prevent reset after device destruction

Jakub Kicinski <> writes:

> On Thu, 13 Aug 2020 15:51:46 +0300 Shay Agroskin wrote:
>> Long answer:
>> The ena_destroy_device() function is called with rtnl_lock() 
>> held, 
>> so it cannot run in parallel with the reset function. Also the 
>> destroy function clears the bit ENA_FLAG_TRIGGER_RESET without 
>> which the reset function just exits without doing anything.
>> A problem can then only happen when some routine sets the 
>> ENA_FLAG_TRIGGER_RESET bit before the reset function is 
>> executed, 
>> the following describes all functions from which this bit can 
>> be 
>> set:
> ena_fw_reset_device() runs from a workqueue, it can be preempted 
> right
> before it tries to take the rtnl_lock. Then after arbitrarily 
> long
> delay it will start again, take the lock, and dereference
> adapter->flags. But adapter could have been long freed at this 
> point.

Missed that the check for the 'flags' field also requires that 
netdev_priv field (adapter variable) would be allocated. Thank you 
for pointing that out, this indeed needs to be fixed. I'll add 
reset work destruction in next patchset.

Thank you for reviewing it
> Unless you flush a workqueue or cancel_work_sync() you can never 
> be
> sure it's not scheduled. And I can only see a flush when module 
> is
> unloaded now.

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