Re: [PATCH net-next] hv_netvsc: fix a race between netvsc_send() and netvsc_init_buf()

From: Vitaly Kuznetsov
Date: Fri Oct 21 2016 - 07:16:07 EST

David Miller <davem@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> From: Vitaly Kuznetsov <vkuznets@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:51:04 +0200
>> Stephen Hemminger <sthemmin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>>> Do we need ACCESS_ONCE() here to avoid check/use issues?
>> I think we don't: this is the only place in the function where we read
>> the variable so we'll get normal read. We're not trying to syncronize
>> with netvsc_init_buf() as that would require locking, if we read stale
>> NULL value after it was already updated on a different CPU we're fine,
>> we'll just return -EAGAIN.
> The concern is if we race with netvsc_destroy_buf() and this pointer
> becomes NULL after the test you are adding.

Thanks, this is interesting.

We may reach to netvsc_destroy_buf() by 3 pathes:

1) cleanup path in netvsc_init_buf(). It is never called with
send_section_map being not NULL so it seems we're safe.

2) from netvsc_remove() when the device is being removed. As far as I
understand we can't be on the transmit path after we call
unregister_netdev() so we're safe.

3) from netvsc_change_mtu() and netvsc_set_channels(). These pathes are
specific to netvsc driver as basically we need to remove the device and
add it back to change mtu/number of channels. The underligning 'struct
net_device' stays but the rest is being removed and added back. On both
pathes we first call netvsc_close() which does netif_tx_disable() and as
far as I understand (I may be wrong) this guarantees that we won't be in

So *I think* that we can't ever free send_section_map while in
netvsc_send() and we can't even get to netvsc_send() after it is freed
but I may have missed something.