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Date:   Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:07:54 +0000
From:   "Switzer, David" <>
To:     Jiri Benc <>,
        "" <>
CC:     "" <>
Subject: RE: [Intel-wired-lan] [PATCH net v2] i40e: fix endless loop under

-----Original Message-----
>From: Intel-wired-lan <> On Behalf Of Jiri
>Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 1:55 AM
>Subject: [Intel-wired-lan] [PATCH net v2] i40e: fix endless loop under rtnl
>The loop in i40e_get_capabilities can never end. The problem is that although
>i40e_aq_discover_capabilities returns with an error if there's a firmware
>problem, the returned error is not checked. There is a check for
>pf-> but that value is set to I40E_AQ_RC_OK on most
>firmware problems.
>When i40e_aq_discover_capabilities encounters a firmware problem, it will
>enocunter the same problem on its next invocation. As the result, the loop
>becomes endless. We hit this with I40E_ERR_ADMIN_QUEUE_TIMEOUT but
>looking at the code, it can happen with a range of other firmware errors.
>I don't know what the correct behavior should be: whether the firmware
>should be retried a few times, or whether pf-> should
>be always set to the encountered firmware error (but then it would be
>pointless and can be just replaced by the i40e_aq_discover_capabilities return
>value). However, the current behavior with an endless loop under the rtnl
>mutex(!) is unacceptable and Intel has not submitted a fix, although we
>explained the bug to them 7 months ago.
>This may not be the best possible fix but it's better than hanging the whole
>system on a firmware bug.
>Fixes: 56a62fc86895 ("i40e: init code and hardware support")
>Tested-by: Stefan Assmann <>
>Signed-off-by: Jiri Benc <>
Tested-by: Dave Switzer <>

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