linux mkiss.c panic: fix

From: Thomas Osterried
Date: Thu Feb 09 2017 - 04:41:05 EST


linux mkiss driver could cause a panic.

This patch fixes this issue:

Signed-off-by: Thomas Osterried <thomas@xxxxxxxxxxxx>

mkiss kernel panic fix: Correct device variables guarantees proper skb room.

--- mkiss.c.orig 2015-11-18 11:08:46.000000000 +0100
+++ mkiss.c 2016-02-06 18:04:05.000000000 +0100
@@ -678,8 +678,8 @@
/* Finish setting up the DEVICE info. */
dev->mtu = AX_MTU;
- dev->hard_header_len = 0;
- dev->addr_len = 0;
+ dev->hard_header_len = AX25_MAX_HEADER_LEN;
+ dev->addr_len = AX25_ADDR_LEN;
dev->type = ARPHRD_AX25;
dev->tx_queue_len = 10;
dev->header_ops = &ax_header_ops;

if you plug off i.e. your usb-serial-adapter, the driver re-initializes, with dev->hard_header_len and dev->addr_len set to zero, instead of the correct values.
If afterwards a packet should be sent to the half-dead interface, it causes a kernel panic.
These device parameters are used in other parts of the IP-stack when calculating the necessary room for the skb. After a packet goes to the mkiss driver for being sent out, there's no room left in the skb, due to the reserved length of 0. If skb_push pushes the ax25-header to the skb with no room left, we panic.

The panic looked like this:
>> [<c0595468>] (skb_panic) from [<c0401f70>] (skb_push+0x4c/0x50)
>> [<c0401f70>] (skb_push) from [<bf0bdad4>] (ax25_hard_header+0x34/0xf4 [ax25])
>> [<bf0bdad4>] (ax25_hard_header [ax25]) from [<bf0d05d4>] (ax_header+0x38/0x40 [mkiss])
>> [<bf0d05d4>] (ax_header [mkiss]) from [<c041b584>] (neigh_compat_output+0x8c/0xd8)
>> [<c041b584>] (neigh_compat_output) from [<c043e7a8>] (ip_finish_output+0x2a0/0x914)
>> [<c043e7a8>] (ip_finish_output) from [<c043f948>] (ip_output+0xd8/0xf0)
>> [<c043f948>] (ip_output) from [<c043f04c>] (ip_local_out_sk+0x44/0x48)

This patch makes mkiss behave like the 6pack driver. 6pack does not panic.
In 6pack.c sp_setup() (same function name here) the values for dev->hard_header_len and dev->addr_len are set to the same values as in my mkiss patch.

vy 73,
- Thomas dl9sau