[PATCH] set fake_rtable's dst to NULL to avoid kernel Oops.

From: Peter Huang (Peng)
Date: Thu Mar 29 2012 - 02:22:12 EST

In our environment, we encountered a kernel Oops problem, and caused a

Below are what happened:
kernel: OS:xen + dom-0 + guest(rhel5.5)
1.destroy one VM.
2.ipsan path have some problem and make destroy process delayed about 10s.
3.customer defined script find that VM no longer exsit through libvirt API.
4.br0(related to the VM we are destoryed before) was deleted by the script.
5.delayed VM destroy process come to tap device releasing, this will
skb->_skb_dst's reference count(skb->_skb_dst points to fake_rtable), but
deleting already released this struct, and unfortunately OS reused this
and marked it read-only.
6.Oops happened, and caused restart.

After analyzing the stack dump info, we find out that during our VM destroy,
lots of ipv6 multicast pkts
exsited, and skb->_skb_dst pointed to (stuct)fake_rtable.
through kernel source greping, will only find one reference to fake_rtable's
MTU setting.

So I'm wondering that what fake_rtable stands for, and where we are using
If fake_rtable's dst is not used, we can make dst as NULL to avoid our
I also added the patch which modified the skb->_skb_dst to NULL when
"skb->_skb_dst == (unsigned long)&to->br->fake_rtable".

BTW, we also verified a similar senario on kernel-3.3, that br0 has attached
eth0 and eth1, eth1 was
connected to our guest which will multicast ipv6 packets, and you can get an
"WARNING: at net/core/dst.c:274 dst_release+0x6d/0x70()"
by using the fake_rtable_verify.c attached,
#gcc fake_rtable_verify.c
#./a.out &
#sleep 30 //make sure ipv6 pkts was in tap00's receiving queue.
#ifconfig br0 down
#brctl delbr br0 //delete br0, will also delete net_device's fake_rtable.
#sleep 50
#kill -9 `pidof a.out` //tap00's delete will do dst_release, and this will
write to the memory already freed.

Below is the Oops stack dump info:
RIP: e030:[<ffffffff802ddbd1>]
RSP: e02b:ffff88008b185b70 EFLAGS: 00010286
RAX: 00000000ffffffff RBX: ffff880033d184c0 RCX: 0000000000000000
RDX: ffff88008b54f080 RSI: 0000000012df12df RDI: ffff88008b54efc0
RBP: ffff8800f4a3f500 R08: 0000000000000001 R09: 0000000000000000
R10: 0000000000000002 R11: ffffffff8018c1e0 R12: ffff8800f4a3f400
R13: 0000000000000001 R14: ffff8800f4a3f4e0 R15: ffff8800351030c0
FS: 00007f4cbd080700(0000) GS:ffff880002008000(0000) knlGS:0000000000000000
CS: e033 DS: 0000 ES: 0000 CR0: 000000008005003b
CR2: ffff88008b54f080 CR3: 000000008a27c000 CR4: 0000000000002620
DR0: 0000000000000000 DR1: 0000000000000000 DR2: 0000000000000000
DR3: 0000000000000000 DR6: 00000000ffff0ff0 DR7: 0000000000000400

Signed-off-by: Peter Huang(Peng) <peter.huangpeng@xxxxxxxxxx>
diff -Nur a/net/bridge/br_forward.c b/net/bridge/br_forward.c
@@ -91,6 +91,9 @@
skb->dev = to->dev;

+ if (skb->_skb_dst == (unsigned long)&to->br->fake_rtable)
+ skb_dst_set(skb, NULL);
NF_HOOK(NFPROTO_BRIDGE, NF_BR_FORWARD, skb, indev, skb->dev,

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