[PATCH v2] ethernet:arc: Fix racing of TX ring buffer

Shuyu Wei wsy2220 at gmail.com
Sat May 21 09:09:10 PDT 2016

Looks like I got it wrong in the first place.

priv->tx_buff is not for the device, so there's no need to move it.
The race has been fixed by commit c278c253f3d9, I forgot to check
it out. That's my fault.

I do find another problem. We need to use a barrier to make sure
skb_tx_timestamp() is called before setting the FOR_EMAC flag.

According to the comment(include/linux/skbuff.h):
> * skb_tx_timestamp() - Driver hook for transmit timestamping
> *
> * Ethernet MAC Drivers should call this function in their hard_xmit()
> * function immediately before giving the sk_buff to the MAC hardware.
> *
> * Specifically, one should make absolutely sure that this function is
> * called before TX completion of this packet can trigger.  Otherwise
> * the packet could potentially already be freed.
> *
> * @skb: A socket buffer.
> */


diff --git a/drivers/net/ethernet/arc/emac_main.c b/drivers/net/ethernet/arc/emac_main.c
index a3a9392..c2447b0 100644
--- a/drivers/net/ethernet/arc/emac_main.c
+++ b/drivers/net/ethernet/arc/emac_main.c
@@ -686,6 +686,9 @@ static int arc_emac_tx(struct sk_buff *skb, struct net_device *ndev)
+       /* Make sure timestamp is set */
+       smp_wmb();
        *info = cpu_to_le32(FOR_EMAC | FIRST_OR_LAST_MASK | len);
        /* Make sure info word is set */

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