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Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2023 13:08:41 -0800
From: Douglas Anderson <>
To: Jakub Kicinski <>,
	Hayes Wang <>,
	"David S . Miller" <>
Cc: Grant Grundler <>,
	Simon Horman <>,
	Edward Hill <>,,
	Laura Nao <>,
	Alan Stern <>,
	Douglas Anderson <>,
	Bjørn Mork <>,
	Eric Dumazet <>,
	Paolo Abeni <>,,
Subject: [PATCH 1/2] r8152: Hold the rtnl_lock for all of reset

As of commit d9962b0d4202 ("r8152: Block future register access if
register access fails") there is a race condition that can happen
between the USB device reset thread and napi_enable() (not) getting
called during rtl8152_open(). Specifically:
* While rtl8152_open() is running we get a register access error
  that's _not_ -ENODEV and queue up a USB reset.
* rtl8152_open() exits before calling napi_enable() due to any reason
  (including usb_submit_urb() returning an error).

In that case:
* Since the USB reset is perform in a separate thread asynchronously,
  it can run at anytime USB device lock is not held - even before
  rtl8152_open() has exited with an error and caused __dev_open() to
  clear the __LINK_STATE_START bit.
* The rtl8152_pre_reset() will notice that the netif_running() returns
  true (since __LINK_STATE_START wasn't cleared) so it won't exit
* rtl8152_pre_reset() will then hang in napi_disable() because
  napi_enable() was never called.

We can fix the race by making sure that the r8152 reset routines don't
run at the same time as we're opening the device. Specifically we need
the reset routines in their entirety rely on the return value of
netif_running(). The only way to reliably depend on that is for them
to hold the rntl_lock() mutex for the duration of reset.

Grabbing the rntl_lock() mutex for the duration of reset seems like a
long time, but reset is not expected to be common and the rtnl_lock()
mutex is already held for long durations since the core grabs it
around the open/close calls.

Fixes: d9962b0d4202 ("r8152: Block future register access if register access fails")
Signed-off-by: Douglas Anderson <>

 drivers/net/usb/r8152.c | 13 +++++++------
 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/usb/r8152.c b/drivers/net/usb/r8152.c
index 2c5c1e91ded6..d6edf0254599 100644
--- a/drivers/net/usb/r8152.c
+++ b/drivers/net/usb/r8152.c
@@ -8397,6 +8397,8 @@ static int rtl8152_pre_reset(struct usb_interface *intf)
 	struct r8152 *tp = usb_get_intfdata(intf);
 	struct net_device *netdev;
+	rtnl_lock();
 	if (!tp || !test_bit(PROBED_WITH_NO_ERRORS, &tp->flags))
 		return 0;
@@ -8428,20 +8430,17 @@ static int rtl8152_post_reset(struct usb_interface *intf)
 	struct sockaddr sa;
 	if (!tp || !test_bit(PROBED_WITH_NO_ERRORS, &tp->flags))
-		return 0;
+		goto exit;
 	/* reset the MAC address in case of policy change */
-	if (determine_ethernet_addr(tp, &sa) >= 0) {
-		rtnl_lock();
+	if (determine_ethernet_addr(tp, &sa) >= 0)
 		dev_set_mac_address (tp->netdev, &sa, NULL);
-		rtnl_unlock();
-	}
 	netdev = tp->netdev;
 	if (!netif_running(netdev))
-		return 0;
+		goto exit;
 	set_bit(WORK_ENABLE, &tp->flags);
 	if (netif_carrier_ok(netdev)) {
@@ -8460,6 +8459,8 @@ static int rtl8152_post_reset(struct usb_interface *intf)
 	if (!list_empty(&tp->rx_done))
+	rtnl_unlock();
 	return 0;

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