[PATCH 2/3] mailbox: Avoid NULL dereference in mbox_chan_received_data

Samuel Holland samuel at sholland.org
Tue Feb 27 18:27:13 PST 2018

If a reception IRQ is pending when a mailbox channel is shut down (for
example, if the controller uses threaded interrupts), it is possible for
mbox_chan_received_data to be called while chan->cl is NULL.

This was found while developing a mailbox controller driver for use with
SCPI. The SCPI protocol driver frees its mailbox channel during probing
if the SCP firmware does not respond within a specified timeout. In this
case, if the SCP firmware takes slightly too long to respond,
mbox_chan_received_data races with mbox_free_channel clearing chan->cl.

Signed-off-by: Samuel Holland <samuel at sholland.org>
 drivers/mailbox/mailbox.c | 6 ++++--
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/mailbox/mailbox.c b/drivers/mailbox/mailbox.c
index 674b35f402f5..a0258d8672d5 100644
--- a/drivers/mailbox/mailbox.c
+++ b/drivers/mailbox/mailbox.c
@@ -152,9 +152,11 @@ static enum hrtimer_restart txdone_hrtimer(struct hrtimer *hrtimer)
 void mbox_chan_received_data(struct mbox_chan *chan, void *mssg)
+	struct mbox_client *cl = READ_ONCE(chan->cl);
 	/* No buffering the received data */
-	if (chan->cl->rx_callback)
-		chan->cl->rx_callback(chan->cl, mssg);
+	if (cl && cl->rx_callback)
+		cl->rx_callback(cl, mssg);

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