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From: Miaoqing Pan <>
	Miaoqing Pan <>
Subject: [PATCH v2] ath10k: fix wmi mgmt tx queue full due to race condition
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2020 14:34:47 +0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)

Failed to transmit wmi management frames:

[84977.840894] ath10k_snoc a000000.wifi: wmi mgmt tx queue is full
[84977.840913] ath10k_snoc a000000.wifi: failed to transmit packet, dropping: -28
[84977.840924] ath10k_snoc a000000.wifi: failed to submit frame: -28
[84977.840932] ath10k_snoc a000000.wifi: failed to transmit frame: -28

This issue is caused by race condition between skb_dequeue and
__skb_queue_tail. The queue of ‘wmi_mgmt_tx_queue’ is protected by a
different lock: ar->data_lock vs list->lock, the result is no protection.
So when ath10k_mgmt_over_wmi_tx_work() and ath10k_mac_tx_wmi_mgmt()
running concurrently on different CPUs, there appear to be a rare corner
cases when the queue length is 1,

  CPUx (skb_deuque)			CPUy (__skb_queue_tail)
  struct sk_buff *skb = skb_peek(list);	WRITE_ONCE(newsk->next, next);
  WRITE_ONCE(list->qlen, list->qlen - 1);WRITE_ONCE(newsk->prev, prev);
  next       = skb->next;		WRITE_ONCE(next->prev, newsk);
  prev       = skb->prev;		WRITE_ONCE(prev->next, newsk);
  skb->next  = skb->prev = NULL;	list->qlen++;
  WRITE_ONCE(next->prev, prev);
  WRITE_ONCE(prev->next, next);

If the instruction ‘next = skb->next’ is executed before
‘WRITE_ONCE(prev->next, newsk)’, newsk will be lost, as CPUx get the
old ‘next’ pointer, but the length is still added by one. The final
result is the length of the queue will reach the maximum value but
the queue is empty.

So remove ar->data_lock, and use 'skb_queue_tail' instead of
'__skb_queue_tail' to prevent the potential race condition. Also switch
to use skb_queue_len_lockless, in case we queue a few SKBs simultaneously.

Tested-on: WCN3990 hw1.0 SNOC WLAN.HL.3.1.c2-00033-QCAHLSWMTPLZ-1

Signed-off-by: Miaoqing Pan <>
v2: use skb_queue_len_lockless instead of skb_queue_len
 drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath10k/mac.c | 15 ++++-----------
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 11 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath10k/mac.c b/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath10k/mac.c
index dc32c78..3cefa13 100644
--- a/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath10k/mac.c
+++ b/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath10k/mac.c
@@ -3763,23 +3763,16 @@ bool ath10k_mac_tx_frm_has_freq(struct ath10k *ar)
 static int ath10k_mac_tx_wmi_mgmt(struct ath10k *ar, struct sk_buff *skb)
 	struct sk_buff_head *q = &ar->wmi_mgmt_tx_queue;
-	int ret = 0;
-	spin_lock_bh(&ar->data_lock);
-	if (skb_queue_len(q) == ATH10K_MAX_NUM_MGMT_PENDING) {
+	if (skb_queue_len_lockless(q) >= ATH10K_MAX_NUM_MGMT_PENDING) {
 		ath10k_warn(ar, "wmi mgmt tx queue is full\n");
-		ret = -ENOSPC;
-		goto unlock;
+		return -ENOSPC;
-	__skb_queue_tail(q, skb);
+	skb_queue_tail(q, skb);
 	ieee80211_queue_work(ar->hw, &ar->wmi_mgmt_tx_work);
-	spin_unlock_bh(&ar->data_lock);
-	return ret;
+	return 0;
 static enum ath10k_mac_tx_path

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             reply	other threads:[~2020-12-22  6:36 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 3+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-12-22  6:34 Miaoqing Pan [this message]
2020-12-22 18:26 ` [PATCH v2] ath10k: fix wmi mgmt tx queue full due to race condition Brian Norris
2021-01-28  7:19 ` Kalle Valo

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