Commit 3a0f2c87 authored by Jiri Slaby's avatar Jiri Slaby Committed by John W. Linville
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Ath5k: fix memory corruption

When signal is noisy, hardware can use all RX buffers and since the last
entry in the list is self-linked, it overwrites the entry until we link
new buffers.

Ensure that we don't free this last one until we are 100% sure that it
is not used by the hardware anymore to not cause memory curruption as
can be seen below.

This is done by checking next buffer in the list. Even after that we
know that the hardware refetched the new link and proceeded further
(the next buffer is ready) we can finally free the overwritten buffer.

We discard it since the status in its descriptor is overwritten (OR-ed
by new status) too.

BUG kmalloc-4096: Poison overwritten

INFO: 0xffff810067419060-0xffff810067419667. First byte 0x8 instead of 0x6b
INFO: Allocated in dev_alloc_skb+0x18/0x30 age=1118 cpu=1 pid=0
INFO: Freed in skb_release_data+0x85/0xd0 age=1105 cpu=1 pid=3718
INFO: Slab 0xffffe200019d0600 objects=7 used=0 fp=0xffff810067419048 flags=0x40000000000020c3
INFO: Object 0xffff810067419048 @offset=4168 fp=0xffff81006741c120

Bytes b4 0xffff810067419038:  4f 0b 02 00 01 00 00 00 5a 5a 5a 5a 5a 5a 5a 5a O.......ZZZZZZZZ
  Object 0xffff810067419048:  6b 6b 6b 6b 6b 6b 6b 6b 6b 6b 6b 6b 6b 6b 6b 6b kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
  Object 0xffff810067419058:  6b 6b 6b 6b 6b 6b 6b 6b 08 42 30 00 00 0b 6b 80 kkkkkkkk.B0...k.
  Object 0xffff810067419068:  f0 5d 00 4f 62 08 a3 64 00 0c 42 16 52 e4 f0 5a 360].Ob.243d..B.R344360Z
  Object 0xffff810067419078:  68 81 00 00 7b a5 b4 be 7d 3b 8f 53 cd d5 de 12 h...{245264276};.S315325336.
  Object 0xffff810067419088:  96 10 0b 89 48 54 23 41 0f 4e 2d b9 37 c3 cb 29 ....HT#A.N-2717303313)
  Object 0xffff810067419098:  d1 e0 de 14 8a 57 2a cc 3b 44 0d 78 7a 19 12 15 321340336..W*314;D.xz...
  Object 0xffff8100674190a8:  a9 ec d4 35 a8 10 ec 8c 40 a7 06 0a 51 a7 48 bb 2513543245250.354.@247..Q247H273
  Object 0xffff8100674190b8:  3e cf a1 c7 38 60 63 3f 51 15 c7 20 eb ba 65 30 >ϡ3078`c?Q.307.353272e0
 Redzone 0xffff81006741a048:  bb bb bb bb bb bb bb bb                         273273273273273273273273
 Padding 0xffff81006741a088:  5a 5a 5a 5a 5a 5a 5a 5a                         ZZZZZZZZ
Pid: 3297, comm: ath5k_pci Not tainted 2.6.26-rc8-mm1_64 #427

Call Trace:
 [<ffffffff802a7306>] print_trailer+0xf6/0x150
 [<ffffffff802a7485>] check_bytes_and_report+0x125/0x180
 [<ffffffff802a75dc>] check_object+0xac/0x260
 [<ffffffff802a9308>] __slab_alloc+0x368/0x6d0
 [<ffffffff80544f82>] ? wireless_send_event+0x142/0x310
 [<ffffffff804b1bd4>] ? __alloc_skb+0x44/0x150
 [<ffffffff80544f82>] ? wireless_send_event+0x142/0x310
 [<ffffffff802aa853>] __kmalloc_track_caller+0xc3/0xf0
 [<ffffffff804b1bfe>] __alloc_skb+0x6e/0x150
[... stack snipped]

FIX kmalloc-4096: Restoring 0xffff810067419060-0xffff810067419667=0x6b

FIX kmalloc-4096: Marking all objects used

Signed-off-by: default avatarJiri Slaby <>
Acked-by: default avatarNick Kossifidis <>
Cc: Luis R. Rodriguez <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarJohn W. Linville <>
parent 605a0bd6
......@@ -1682,20 +1682,21 @@ ath5k_tasklet_rx(unsigned long data)
struct ath5k_rx_status rs = {};
struct sk_buff *skb;
struct ath5k_softc *sc = (void *)data;
struct ath5k_buf *bf;
struct ath5k_buf *bf, *bf_last;
struct ath5k_desc *ds;
int ret;
int hdrlen;
int pad;
if (list_empty(&sc->rxbuf)) {
ATH5K_WARN(sc, "empty rx buf pool\n");
goto unlock;
bf_last = list_entry(sc->rxbuf.prev, struct ath5k_buf, list);
do {
rxs.flag = 0;
if (unlikely(list_empty(&sc->rxbuf))) {
ATH5K_WARN(sc, "empty rx buf pool\n");
bf = list_first_entry(&sc->rxbuf, struct ath5k_buf, list);
BUG_ON(bf->skb == NULL);
skb = bf->skb;
......@@ -1705,8 +1706,24 @@ ath5k_tasklet_rx(unsigned long data)
pci_dma_sync_single_for_cpu(sc->pdev, sc->desc_daddr,
sc->desc_len, PCI_DMA_FROMDEVICE);
if (unlikely(ds->ds_link == bf->daddr)) /* this is the end */
* last buffer must not be freed to ensure proper hardware
* function. When the hardware finishes also a packet next to
* it, we are sure, it doesn't use it anymore and we can go on.
if (bf_last == bf)
bf->flags |= 1;
if (bf->flags) {
struct ath5k_buf *bf_next = list_entry(bf->,
struct ath5k_buf, list);
ret = sc->ah->ah_proc_rx_desc(sc->ah, bf_next->desc,
if (ret)
bf->flags &= ~1;
/* skip the overwritten one (even status is martian) */
goto next;
ret = sc->ah->ah_proc_rx_desc(sc->ah, ds, &rs);
if (unlikely(ret == -EINPROGRESS))
......@@ -1816,6 +1833,7 @@ accept:
list_move_tail(&bf->list, &sc->rxbuf);
} while (ath5k_rxbuf_setup(sc, bf) == 0);
......@@ -56,7 +56,7 @@
struct ath5k_buf {
struct list_head list;
unsigned int flags; /* tx descriptor flags */
unsigned int flags; /* rx descriptor flags */
struct ath5k_desc *desc; /* virtual addr of desc */
dma_addr_t daddr; /* physical addr of desc */
struct sk_buff *skb; /* skbuff for buf */
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