[ldv-project] [net] libertas: potential race condition

Pavel Andrianov andrianov at ispras.ru
Tue Jun 7 07:54:23 PDT 2016

07.06.2016 18:39, Dan Williams пишет:
> On Tue, 2016-06-07 at 13:30 +0400, Pavel Andrianov wrote:
>> Hi!
>> There is a potential race condition in
>> drivers/net/wireless/libertas/libertas.ko.
>> In the function lbs_hard_start_xmit(..), line 159, a socket buffer
>> is
>> written to priv->current_skb with a spin_lock protection.
>> In the function lbs_mac_event_disconnected(..), lines 50-51, the
>> field
>> current_skb is cleaned. There is no protection used. The
>> corresponding
>> handlers are activated at the same time in lbs_start_card(..) and
>> then
>> may be executed simultaneously. Note, there are two structures
>> lbs_netdev_ops and mesh_netdev_ops, which have the target handler
>> lbs_hard_start_xmit.
>> Is it a real race or I have missed something?
> Yeah, it looks like it should be grabbing priv->driver_lock before
> clearing priv->currenttxskb in lbs_mac_event_disconnected().  Care to
> submit a patch after testing?  Do you have any of that hardware?
> Dan
I have no that hardware and I have some doubts about the simple fix, 
you've suggested. For instance, in lbs_hard_start_xmit the lock is 
acquired twice and the priv->tx_pending_len can be modified also by 
lbs_mac_event_disconnected (even if spin_lock will be added to 
lbs_mac_event_disconnected). Moreover, the function lbs_send_tx_feedback 
also cleaned priv->currenttxskb, but it happens also without any 
protection. Thus, the fix has to be more complicated, and I have no 
ideas about it.

Pavel Andrianov
Linux Verification Center, ISPRAS
web: http://linuxtesting.org
e-mail: andrianov at ispras.ru

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