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Subject[PATCH 4.9 106/177] Bluetooth: hci_ldisc: Add protocol check to hci_uart_dequeue()
4.9-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Dean Jenkins <>

[ Upstream commit 048e1bd3a27fbeb84ccdff52e165370c1339a193 ]

Before attempting to dequeue a Data Link protocol encapsulated message,
check that the Data Link protocol is still bound to the HCI UART driver.
This makes the code consistent with the usage of the other proto
function pointers.

Therefore, add a check for HCI_UART_PROTO_READY into hci_uart_dequeue()
and return NULL if the Data Link protocol is not bound.

This is needed for robustness as there is a scheduling race condition.
hci_uart_write_work() is scheduled to run via work queue hu->write_work
from hci_uart_tx_wakeup(). Therefore, there is a delay between
scheduling hci_uart_write_work() to run and hci_uart_dequeue() running
whereby the Data Link protocol layer could become unbound during the
scheduling delay. In this case, without the check, the call to the
unbound Data Link protocol layer dequeue function can crash.

It is noted that hci_uart_tty_close() has a
"cancel_work_sync(&hu->write_work)" statement but this only reduces
the window of the race condition because it is possible for a new
work-item to be added to work queue hu->write_work after the call to
cancel_work_sync(). For example, Data Link layer retransmissions can
be added to the work queue after the cancel_work_sync() has finished.

Signed-off-by: Dean Jenkins <>
Signed-off-by: Marcel Holtmann <>
Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
drivers/bluetooth/hci_ldisc.c | 8 +++++---
1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

--- a/drivers/bluetooth/hci_ldisc.c
+++ b/drivers/bluetooth/hci_ldisc.c
@@ -113,10 +113,12 @@ static inline struct sk_buff *hci_uart_d
struct sk_buff *skb = hu->tx_skb;

- if (!skb)
- skb = hu->proto->dequeue(hu);
- else
+ if (!skb) {
+ if (test_bit(HCI_UART_PROTO_READY, &hu->flags))
+ skb = hu->proto->dequeue(hu);
+ } else {
hu->tx_skb = NULL;
+ }

return skb;

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