Re: [PATCH] r8152: Allocate interrupt buffer as part of struct r8152

From: Guenter Roeck
Date: Tue Jan 31 2017 - 17:13:34 EST

On Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 02:53:47PM -0500, Alan Stern wrote:
> On Tue, 31 Jan 2017, Guenter Roeck wrote:
> > When unloading the r8152 driver using the 'unbind' sysfs attribute
> > in a system with KASAN enabled, the following error message is seen
> > on a regular basis.
> ...
> > The two-byte allocation in conjunction with code analysis suggests that
> > the interrupt buffer has been overwritten. Added instrumentation in the
> > driver shows that the interrupt handler is called after RTL8152_UNPLUG
> > was set, and that this event is associated with the error message above.
> > This suggests that there are situations where the interrupt buffer is used
> > after it has been freed.
> >
> > To avoid the problem, allocate the interrupt buffer as part of struct
> > r8152.
> >
> > Cc: Hayes Wang <hayeswang@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> > Signed-off-by: Guenter Roeck <linux@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > ---
> > The problem is seen in chromeos-4.4, but there is not reason to believe
> > that it does not occur with the upstream kernel. It is still seen in
> > chromeos-4.4 after all patches from upstream and linux-next have been
> > applied to the driver.
> >
> > While relatively simple, I am not really convinced that this is the best
> > (or even an acceptable) solution for this problem. I am open to suggestions
> > for a better fix.
> The proper approach is to keep the allocation as it is, but _before_
> deallocating the buffer, make sure that the interrupt buffer won't be
> accessed any more. This may involve calling usb_kill_urb(), or

usb_kill_urb() is called. I added some more logging. The sequence is
BUG kmalloc-128

which leaves me a bit puzzled; the interrupt handler is called well before
the memory is freed, and it turns out that it is not always called.

I'll do some digging in the usb core.