Re: [PATCH 2.5] fixes for airo.c

From: Daniel Ritz (
Date: Mon Jul 21 2003 - 12:49:29 EST

On Mon July 21 2003 13:00, Javier Achirica wrote:
> Daniel,
> Thank you for your patch. Some comments about it:
> - I'd rather fix whatever is broken in the current code than going back to
> spinlocks, as they increase latency and reduce concurrency. In any case,
> please check your code. I've seen a spinlock in the interrupt handler that
> may lock the system.

but we need to protect from interrupts while accessing the card and waiting for
completion. semaphores don't protect you from that. spin_lock_irqsave does. the
spin_lock in the interrupt handler is there to protect from interrupts from
other processors in a SMP system (see Documentation/spinlocks.txt) and is btw.
a no-op on UP. and semaphores are quite heavy....

> - The fix for the transmit code you mention, is about fixing the returned
> value in case of error? If not, please explain it to me as I don't see any
> other changes.

- return values
- when to free the skb, when not
- disabling the queues
- netif_wake_queue called from the interrupt handler only (and on the right
- i think the priv->xmit stuff and then the schedule_work is evil:
  if you return 0 from the dev->hard_start_xmit then the network layer assumes
  that the packet was kfree_skb()'ed (which does only frees the packet when the
  refcount drops to zero.) this is the cause for the keventd killing, for sure!

  if you return 0 you already kfree_skb()'ed the packet. and that's it.

> - Where did you fix a buffer overflow?

- for(s = &statr->beaconPeriod; s <= &statr->_reserved[9]; s++)
+ for(s = &statr->beaconPeriod; s <= &statr->_reserved1; s++)

...which you also fixed in your patchset. (which is harmless on little-endian
machines and evil on big-endian machines)


> I submitted to Jeff an updated version just before you sent your e-mail.
> It incorporates most of your fixes expect for the possible loop-forever.
> It's more stable that the one in the current kernel tree.
> Javier Achirica
> On Fri, 18 Jul 2003, Daniel Ritz wrote:
> > in 2.4.20+ airo.c is broken and can even kill keventd. this patch fixes it:
> > - sane locking with spinlocks and irqs disabled instead of the buggy locking
> > with semaphores
> > - fix transmit code
> > - safer unload ordering of disable irq, unregister_netdev, kfree
> > - fix possible loop-forever bug
> > - fix a buffer overflow
> >
> > a kernel 2.4 version of the patch is tested by some people with good results.
> > against 2.6.0-test1-bk. please apply.
> >
> >
> > rgds
> > -daniel

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