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Subject[PATCH 3.16 043/346] iwlwifi: pcie: fix access to scratch buffer
3.16.39-rc1 review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Sara Sharon <>

commit d5d0689aefc59c6a5352ca25d7e6d47d03f543ce upstream.

This fixes a pretty ancient bug that hasn't manifested itself
until now.
The scratchbuf for command queue is allocated only for 32 slots
but is accessed with the queue write pointer - which can be
up to 256.
Since the scratch buf size was 16 and there are up to 256 TFDs
we never passed a page boundary when accessing the scratch buffer,
but when attempting to increase the size of the scratch buffer a
panic was quick to follow when trying to access the address resulted
in a page boundary.

Signed-off-by: Sara Sharon <>
Fixes: 38c0f334b359 ("iwlwifi: use coherent DMA memory for command header")
Signed-off-by: Luca Coelho <>
[bwh: Backported to 3.2: adjust filename]
Signed-off-by: Ben Hutchings <>
drivers/net/wireless/iwlwifi/pcie/tx.c | 4 ++--
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

--- a/drivers/net/wireless/iwlwifi/pcie/tx.c
+++ b/drivers/net/wireless/iwlwifi/pcie/tx.c
@@ -1364,9 +1364,9 @@ static int iwl_pcie_enqueue_hcmd(struct

/* start the TFD with the scratchbuf */
scratch_size = min_t(int, copy_size, IWL_HCMD_SCRATCHBUF_SIZE);
- memcpy(&txq->scratchbufs[q->write_ptr], &out_cmd->hdr, scratch_size);
+ memcpy(&txq->scratchbufs[idx], &out_cmd->hdr, scratch_size);
iwl_pcie_txq_build_tfd(trans, txq,
- iwl_pcie_get_scratchbuf_dma(txq, q->write_ptr),
+ iwl_pcie_get_scratchbuf_dma(txq, idx),
scratch_size, true);

/* map first command fragment, if any remains */
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