Bug in Memory Layout of rx_desc for QCA6174

Thorsten Leemhuis regressions at leemhuis.info
Fri Oct 29 02:07:22 PDT 2021

On 21.09.21 11:21, Kalle Valo wrote:
> (adding linux-wireless and regression lists)

thx for that, this made be add the regression to regzbot
(https://linux-regtracking.leemhuis.info/regzbot/mainline/ ). That's why
I noticed there hasn't been any recent activity wrt to this regression
-- at least in this thread. Was progress made somewhere else? If not:
what can be done to get things moving again? Sure, it's an old
regression, but nevertheless it would be nice to get it fixed.

Ciao, Thorsten

#regzbot ignore-activity

> Francesco Magliocca <franciman12 at gmail.com> writes:
>> Hello everyone,
>> I have a QCA6174 PCIe board, I am using linux kernel 5.12.10.
>> The firmware loaded is:
>>> [ 4.483131] ath10k_pci 0000:02:00.0: qca6174 hw3.2 target 0x05030000
>>> chip_id 0x00340aff sub 1a56:143a
>>> [ 4.483136] ath10k_pci 0000:02:00.0: kconfig debug 0 debugfs 1
>>> tracing 0 dfs 0 testmode 0
>>> [ 4.483567] ath10k_pci 0000:02:00.0: firmware ver
>>> WLAN.RM.4.4.1-00157-QCARMSWPZ-1 api 6 features wowlan,ignore-otp,mfp
>>> crc32 90eebefb
>>> [    4.572730] ath10k_pci 0000:02:00.0: board_file api 2 bmi_id N/A crc32 318825bf
>>> [ 4.665592] ath10k_pci 0000:02:00.0: htt-ver 3.60 wmi-op 4 htt-op 3
>>> cal otp max-sta 32 raw 0 hwcrypto 1
>> around six months ago I reported a bug which is still haunting me:
>> When I am connected to my home's Wi-Fi network and my father's Huawei
>> smartphone is connected too
>> my Wi-Fi card hangs and gets stuck, I have to force restart of the device.
>> Note that this problem does not happen if my pc and the smartphone are
>> connected to different networks (for example
>> I tried connecting my pc to the 2.4GHz network and the smartphone to
>> the 5GHz network, and the bug does not appear).
>> Now, I tried bisecting driver changes, and I found the faulty one,
>> it is the commit: e3def6f7ddf88636febb12e1e3e86387a4ce5452
> Ok, so this is the commit:
> commit e3def6f7ddf88636febb12e1e3e86387a4ce5452
> Author:     Govind Singh <govinds at qti.qualcomm.com>
> AuthorDate: Thu Dec 21 14:30:51 2017 +0530
> Commit:     Kalle Valo <kvalo at qca.qualcomm.com>
> CommitDate: Wed Dec 27 12:05:35 2017 +0200
>     ath10k: Update rx descriptor for WCN3990 target
>     WCN3990 rx descriptor uses different offset of msdu start, msdu end,
>     ppdu end, rx pkt end and rx frag info.
>     To accommodate different offsets, define respective fields in
>     rx descriptor of WCN3990 target.
>     Signed-off-by: Govind Singh <govinds at qti.qualcomm.com>
>     Signed-off-by: Kalle Valo <kvalo at qca.qualcomm.com>
>> It adds some fields to structures like rx_msdu_start, rx_frag_info, etc..
>> The changes modify the size of these structures!
>> If I revert this commit changes, the bug does not happen
>> (I tested it for two weeks, while the bug happens at least once in 2-3 hours
>> from when the smartphone is connected to the wifi network).
> Good, I was just about to ask about that.
>> Also, if I selectively remove some of the changes introduced by the
>> faulty commit, the bug does not go away, so it looks like the problem
>> is in the change of size of the data structures.
> Heh, I was also about to ask about that as well :) The firmware is
> supposed to handle length differences but clearly it's not.
>> Now, I'd like to ask you what we can do to fix this problem... Is
>> there something I am doing wrong? Or is there a bug in the firmware?
>> If the firmware can't be easily fixed, I was thinking that we can
>> abstract the htt_rx_desc (in the same way we do with ops in other
>> parts of the driver) to have two versions: one for 32-bit descriptors
>> (like my QCA6174) and one for 64-bit descriptors (i.e. WCN3990, which
>> was the cause of this change).
>> I'd be really happy to help, but I am not sure I fully understand what
>> is going on, so what do you think is happening and what should we do?
> Getting the firmware fixed is difficult. I would first try abstracting
> the htt_rx_desc, can you send a patch?

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