Commit a3ce2a21 authored by David Ahern's avatar David Ahern Committed by David S. Miller
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ipv6: Handle race in addrconf_dad_work

Rajendra reported a kernel panic when a link was taken down:

[ 6870.263084] BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 00000000000000a8
[ 6870.271856] IP: [<ffffffff8efc5764>] __ipv6_ifa_notify+0x154/0x290


[ 6870.570501] Call Trace:
[ 6870.573238] [<ffffffff8efc58c6>] ? ipv6_ifa_notify+0x26/0x40
[ 6870.579665] [<ffffffff8efc98ec>] ? addrconf_dad_completed+0x4c/0x2c0
[ 6870.586869] [<ffffffff8efe70c6>] ? ipv6_dev_mc_inc+0x196/0x260
[ 6870.593491] [<ffffffff8efc9c6a>] ? addrconf_dad_work+0x10a/0x430
[ 6870.600305] [<ffffffff8f01ade4>] ? __switch_to_asm+0x34/0x70
[ 6870.606732] [<ffffffff8ea93a7a>] ? process_one_work+0x18a/0x430
[ 6870.613449] [<ffffffff8ea93d6d>] ? worker_thread+0x4d/0x490
[ 6870.619778] [<ffffffff8ea93d20>] ? process_one_work+0x430/0x430
[ 6870.626495] [<ffffffff8ea99dd9>] ? kthread+0xd9/0xf0
[ 6870.632145] [<ffffffff8f01ade4>] ? __switch_to_asm+0x34/0x70
[ 6870.638573] [<ffffffff8ea99d00>] ? kthread_park+0x60/0x60
[ 6870.644707] [<ffffffff8f01ae77>] ? ret_from_fork+0x57/0x70
[ 6870.650936] Code: 31 c0 31 d2 41 b9 20 00 08 02 b9 09 00 00 0

addrconf_dad_work is kicked to be scheduled when a device is brought
up. There is a race between addrcond_dad_work getting scheduled and
taking the rtnl lock and a process taking the link down (under rtnl).
The latter removes the host route from the inet6_addr as part of
addrconf_ifdown which is run for NETDEV_DOWN. The former attempts
to use the host route in ipv6_ifa_notify. If the down event removes
the host route due to the race to the rtnl, then the BUG listed above

This scenario does not occur when the ipv6 address is not kept
(net.ipv6.conf.all.keep_addr_on_down = 0) as addrconf_ifdown sets the
state of the ifp to DEAD. Handle when the addresses are kept by checking
IF_READY which is reset by addrconf_ifdown.

The 'dead' flag for an inet6_addr is set only under rtnl, in
addrconf_ifdown and it means the device is getting removed (or IPv6 is
disabled). The interesting cases for changing the idev flag are
addrconf_notify (NETDEV_UP and NETDEV_CHANGE) and addrconf_ifdown
(reset the flag). The former does not have the idev lock - only rtnl;
the latter has both. Based on that the existing dead + IF_READY check
can be moved to right after the rtnl_lock in addrconf_dad_work.

Fixes: f1705ec1

 ("net: ipv6: Make address flushing on ifdown optional")
Reported-by: default avatarRajendra Dendukuri <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarDavid Ahern <>
Reviewed-by: default avatarEric Dumazet <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarDavid S. Miller <>
parent 3256a2d6
......@@ -4032,6 +4032,12 @@ static void addrconf_dad_work(struct work_struct *w)
/* check if device was taken down before this delayed work
* function could be canceled
if (idev->dead || !(idev->if_flags & IF_READY))
goto out;
if (ifp->state == INET6_IFADDR_STATE_PREDAD) {
action = DAD_BEGIN;
......@@ -4077,11 +4083,6 @@ static void addrconf_dad_work(struct work_struct *w)
goto out;
if (idev->dead || !(idev->if_flags & IF_READY)) {
goto out;
if (ifp->state == INET6_IFADDR_STATE_DEAD) {
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