Commit 170a1fb9 authored by Steven Rostedt (VMware)'s avatar Steven Rostedt (VMware) Committed by Pablo Neira Ayuso
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netfilter: Force fake conntrack entry to be at least 8 bytes aligned

Since the nfct and nfctinfo have been combined, the nf_conn structure
must be at least 8 bytes aligned, as the 3 LSB bits are used for the
nfctinfo. But there's a fake nf_conn structure to denote untracked
connections, which is created by a PER_CPU construct. This does not
guarantee that it will be 8 bytes aligned and can break the logic in
determining the correct nfctinfo.

I triggered this on a 32bit machine with the following error:

BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 00000af4
IP: nf_ct_deliver_cached_events+0x1b/0xfb
*pdpt = 0000000031962001 *pde = 0000000000000000

Oops: 0000 [#1] SMP
[Modules linked in: ip6t_REJECT nf_reject_ipv6 nf_conntrack_ipv6 nf_defrag_ipv6 ip6table_filter ip6_tables ipv6 crc_ccitt ppdev r8169 parport_pc parport
  OK  ]
CPU: 0 PID: 0 Comm: swapper/0 Not tainted 4.10.0-test+ #75
Hardware name: MSI MS-7823/CSM-H87M-G43 (MS-7823), BIOS V1.6 02/22/2014
task: c126ec00 task.stack: c1258000
EIP: nf_ct_deliver_cached_events+0x1b/0xfb
EFLAGS: 00010202 CPU: 0
EAX: 0021cd01 EBX: 00000000 ECX: 27b0c767 EDX: 32bcb17a
ESI: f34135c0 EDI: f34135c0 EBP: f2debd60 ESP: f2debd3c
 DS: 007b ES: 007b FS: 00d8 GS: 0000 SS: 0068
CR0: 80050033 CR2: 00000af4 CR3: 309a0440 CR4: 001406f0
Call Trace:
 ? ipv6_skip_exthdr+0xac/0xcb
 ipv6_confirm+0x10c/0x119 [nf_conntrack_ipv6]
 nf_hook+0x9a/0xad [ipv6]
 ? ip6t_do_table+0x356/0x379 [ip6_tables]
 ? ip6_fragment+0x9e9/0x9e9 [ipv6]
 ip6_output+0xee/0x107 [ipv6]
 ? ip6_fragment+0x9e9/0x9e9 [ipv6]
 dst_output+0x36/0x4d [ipv6]
 NF_HOOK.constprop.37+0xb2/0xba [ipv6]
 ? icmp6_dst_alloc+0x2c/0xfd [ipv6]
 ? local_bh_enable+0x14/0x14 [ipv6]
 mld_sendpack+0x1c5/0x281 [ipv6]
 ? mark_held_locks+0x40/0x5c
 mld_ifc_timer_expire+0x1f6/0x21e [ipv6]
 ? detach_if_pending+0x55/0x55
 ? mld_dad_timer_expire+0x3e/0x3e [ipv6]
 ? mld_dad_timer_expire+0x3e/0x3e [ipv6]
 ? test_ti_thread_flag.constprop.19+0xd/0xd

By using DEFINE/DECLARE_PER_CPU_ALIGNED we can enforce at least 8 byte
alignment as all cache line sizes are at least 8 bytes or more.

Fixes: a9e419dc

 ("netfilter: merge ctinfo into nfct pointer storage area")
Signed-off-by: default avatarSteven Rostedt (VMware) <>
Acked-by: default avatarFlorian Westphal <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarPablo Neira Ayuso <>
parent 4ca60d08
......@@ -244,7 +244,7 @@ extern s32 (*nf_ct_nat_offset)(const struct nf_conn *ct,
u32 seq);
/* Fake conntrack entry for untracked connections */
DECLARE_PER_CPU(struct nf_conn, nf_conntrack_untracked);
DECLARE_PER_CPU_ALIGNED(struct nf_conn, nf_conntrack_untracked);
static inline struct nf_conn *nf_ct_untracked_get(void)
return raw_cpu_ptr(&nf_conntrack_untracked);
......@@ -181,7 +181,11 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(nf_conntrack_htable_size);
unsigned int nf_conntrack_max __read_mostly;
seqcount_t nf_conntrack_generation __read_mostly;
DEFINE_PER_CPU(struct nf_conn, nf_conntrack_untracked);
/* nf_conn must be 8 bytes aligned, as the 3 LSB bits are used
* for the nfctinfo. We cheat by (ab)using the PER CPU cache line
* alignment to enforce this.
DEFINE_PER_CPU_ALIGNED(struct nf_conn, nf_conntrack_untracked);
static unsigned int nf_conntrack_hash_rnd __read_mostly;
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