[PATCH 5.4 18/73] neighbour: Disregard DEAD dst in neigh_update

From: Greg Kroah-Hartman
Date: Mon Apr 19 2021 - 09:35:39 EST

From: Tong Zhu <zhutong@xxxxxxxxxx>

[ Upstream commit d47ec7a0a7271dda08932d6208e4ab65ab0c987c ]

After a short network outage, the dst_entry is timed out and put
in DST_OBSOLETE_DEAD. We are in this code because arp reply comes
from this neighbour after network recovers. There is a potential
race condition that dst_entry is still in DST_OBSOLETE_DEAD.
With that, another neighbour lookup causes more harm than good.

In best case all packets in arp_queue are lost. This is
counterproductive to the original goal of finding a better path
for those packets.

I observed a worst case with 4.x kernel where a dst_entry in
DST_OBSOLETE_DEAD state is associated with loopback net_device.
It leads to an ethernet header with all zero addresses.
A packet with all zero source MAC address is quite deadly with
mac80211, ath9k and 802.11 block ack. It fails
ieee80211_find_sta_by_ifaddr in ath9k (xmit.c). Ath9k flushes tx
queue (ath_tx_complete_aggr). BAW (block ack window) is not
updated. BAW logic is damaged and ath9k transmission is disabled.

Signed-off-by: Tong Zhu <zhutong@xxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <davem@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <sashal@xxxxxxxxxx>
net/core/neighbour.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/net/core/neighbour.c b/net/core/neighbour.c
index 7080d708b7d0..6635b83113f8 100644
--- a/net/core/neighbour.c
+++ b/net/core/neighbour.c
@@ -1379,7 +1379,7 @@ static int __neigh_update(struct neighbour *neigh, const u8 *lladdr,
* we can reinject the packet there.
n2 = NULL;
- if (dst) {
+ if (dst && dst->obsolete != DST_OBSOLETE_DEAD) {
n2 = dst_neigh_lookup_skb(dst, skb);
if (n2)
n1 = n2;