Re: [bug] __nf_ct_refresh_acct(): WARNING: at lib/list_debug.c:30__list_add+0x7d/0xad()

From: Patrick McHardy
Date: Thu Jun 18 2009 - 10:56:40 EST

Patrick McHardy wrote:
Eric Dumazet wrote:
a test-box still triggered this crash overnight:

[ 252.433471] ------------[ cut here ]------------
[ 252.436031] WARNING: at lib/list_debug.c:30 __list_add+0x95/0xa0()
With your patch (repeated below) applied. Is Patrick's alternative patch supposed to fix something that yours does not?

Hmm, not really, Patrick patch should fix same problem, but without extra locking
as mine.

This new stack trace is somewhat different, as corruption is detected in the add_timer()
call in __nf_conntrack_confirm()

So there is another problem. CCed Pablo Neira Ayuso who added some stuff
in netfilter and timeout logic recently.

That timeout logic shouldn't be relevant in this case, its only
activated when netlink event delivery is used, a userspace process
is actually listening and it has the socket marked for reliable

I think its still the same problem, the detection is just noticed
at a different point.

I can't find anything wrong with the conntrack timer use itself.
Since its the timer base that is corrupted, its possible that
something else is using timers incorrectly and conntrack just
happens to hit the problem afterwards, but it seems rather
unlikely since the first backtrace originated in a network driver,
the second one in the socket layer.

But I've noticed a different problem, the lockless lookup might
incorrectly return an conntrack entry that is supposed to be
invisible. This can happen because we only check for equal tuples
and !atomic_inc_not_zero(refcnt), but the conntrack can be removed
from the lists and still have references to it. It should never
have an active timer at that point however, so all following
mod_timer_pending() calls *should* do nothing unless I'm missing

Ingo, could you please try whether this patch (combined with the
last one) makes any difference? Enabling CONFIG_NETFILTER_DEBUG
could also help.

diff --git a/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_core.c b/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_core.c
index 5f72b94..ce17a69 100644
--- a/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_core.c
+++ b/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_core.c
@@ -335,7 +335,8 @@ begin:
h = __nf_conntrack_find(net, tuple);
if (h) {
ct = nf_ct_tuplehash_to_ctrack(h);
- if (unlikely(!atomic_inc_not_zero(&ct->ct_general.use)))
+ if (unlikely(nf_ct_is_dying(ct) ||
+ !atomic_inc_not_zero(&ct->ct_general.use)))
h = NULL;
else {
if (unlikely(!nf_ct_tuple_equal(tuple, &h->tuple))) {
@@ -503,7 +504,8 @@ static noinline int early_drop(struct net *net, unsigned int hash)

- if (ct && unlikely(!atomic_inc_not_zero(&ct->ct_general.use)))
+ if (ct && unlikely(nf_ct_is_dying(ct) ||
+ !atomic_inc_not_zero(&ct->ct_general.use)))
ct = NULL;
if (ct || cnt >= NF_CT_EVICTION_RANGE)