Commit 5bc75728 authored by Johannes Berg's avatar Johannes Berg Committed by John W. Linville
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mac80211: fix scan vs. interface removal race

When we remove an interface, we can currently end up having
a pointer to it left in local->scan_sdata after it has been
set down, and then with a hardware scan the scan completion
can try to access it which is a bug. Alternatively, a scan
that started as a hardware scan may terminate as though it
was a software scan, if the timing is just right.

On SMP systems, software scan also has a similar problem,
just canceling the delayed work and setting a flag isn't
enough since it may be running concurrently; in this case
we would also never restore state of other interfaces.

This patch hopefully fixes the problems by always invoking
ieee80211_scan_completed or requiring it to be invoked by
the driver, I suspect the drivers that have ->hw_scan() are
buggy. The bug will not manifest itself unless you remove
the interface while hw-scanning which will also turn off
the hw, and then add a new interface which will be unusable
until you scan once.
Signed-off-by: default avatarJohannes Berg <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarJohn W. Linville <>
parent b7413430
......@@ -1124,7 +1124,9 @@ enum ieee80211_ampdu_mlme_action {
* @hw_scan: Ask the hardware to service the scan request, no need to start
* the scan state machine in stack. The scan must honour the channel
* configuration done by the regulatory agent in the wiphy's registered
* bands.
* bands. When the scan finishes, ieee80211_scan_completed() must be
* called; note that it also must be called when the scan cannot finish
* because the hardware is turned off! Anything else is a bug!
* @get_stats: return low-level statistics
......@@ -564,14 +564,6 @@ static int ieee80211_stop(struct net_device *dev)
if (local->scan_sdata == sdata) {
if (!local->ops->hw_scan) {
local->sta_sw_scanning = 0;
} else
local->sta_hw_scanning = 0;
sdata->u.sta.flags &= ~IEEE80211_STA_PRIVACY_INVOKED;
sdata->u.sta.extra_ie = NULL;
......@@ -585,6 +577,31 @@ static int ieee80211_stop(struct net_device *dev)
/* fall through */
if (local->scan_sdata == sdata) {
if (!local->ops->hw_scan)
* The software scan can no longer run now, so we can
* clear out the scan_sdata reference. However, the
* hardware scan may still be running. The complete
* function must be prepared to handle a NULL value.
local->scan_sdata = NULL;
* The memory barrier guarantees that another CPU
* that is hardware-scanning will now see the fact
* that this interface is gone.
* If software scanning, complete the scan but since
* the scan_sdata is NULL already don't send out a
* scan event to userspace -- the scan is incomplete.
if (local->sta_sw_scanning)
conf.vif = &sdata->vif;
conf.type = sdata->vif.type;
conf.mac_addr = dev->dev_addr;
......@@ -2530,7 +2530,7 @@ void ieee80211_mlme_notify_scan_completed(struct ieee80211_local *local)
struct ieee80211_sub_if_data *sdata = local->scan_sdata;
struct ieee80211_if_sta *ifsta;
if (sdata->vif.type == IEEE80211_IF_TYPE_IBSS) {
if (sdata && sdata->vif.type == IEEE80211_IF_TYPE_IBSS) {
ifsta = &sdata->u.sta;
if (!(ifsta->flags & IEEE80211_STA_BSSID_SET) ||
(!(ifsta->state == IEEE80211_STA_MLME_IBSS_JOINED) &&
......@@ -430,9 +430,20 @@ void ieee80211_scan_completed(struct ieee80211_hw *hw)
struct ieee80211_sub_if_data *sdata;
union iwreq_data wrqu;
if (WARN_ON(!local->sta_hw_scanning && !local->sta_sw_scanning))
local->last_scan_completed = jiffies;
memset(&wrqu, 0, sizeof(wrqu));
wireless_send_event(local->scan_sdata->dev, SIOCGIWSCAN, &wrqu, NULL);
* local->scan_sdata could have been NULLed by the interface
* down code in case we were scanning on an interface that is
* being taken down.
sdata = local->scan_sdata;
if (sdata)
wireless_send_event(sdata->dev, SIOCGIWSCAN, &wrqu, NULL);
if (local->sta_hw_scanning) {
local->sta_hw_scanning = 0;
......@@ -491,7 +502,10 @@ void ieee80211_sta_scan_work(struct work_struct *work)
int skip;
unsigned long next_delay = 0;
if (!local->sta_sw_scanning)
* Avoid re-scheduling when the sdata is going away.
if (!netif_running(sdata->dev))
switch (local->scan_state) {
......@@ -570,9 +584,8 @@ void ieee80211_sta_scan_work(struct work_struct *work)
if (local->sta_sw_scanning)
queue_delayed_work(local->hw.workqueue, &local->scan_work,
queue_delayed_work(local->hw.workqueue, &local->scan_work,
......@@ -609,13 +622,16 @@ int ieee80211_sta_start_scan(struct ieee80211_sub_if_data *scan_sdata,
if (local->ops->hw_scan) {
int rc = local->ops->hw_scan(local_to_hw(local),
ssid, ssid_len);
if (!rc) {
local->sta_hw_scanning = 1;
local->scan_sdata = scan_sdata;
int rc;
local->sta_hw_scanning = 1;
rc = local->ops->hw_scan(local_to_hw(local), ssid, ssid_len);
if (rc) {
local->sta_hw_scanning = 0;
return rc;
return rc;
local->scan_sdata = scan_sdata;
return 0;
local->sta_sw_scanning = 1;
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