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Subject[PATCH 4.4 195/268] ath10k: Fix kernel panic while using worker (ath10k_sta_rc_update_wk)
4.4-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Karthikeyan Periyasamy <>

[ Upstream commit 8b2d93dd22615cb7f3046a5a2083a6f8bb8052ed ]

When attempt to run worker (ath10k_sta_rc_update_wk) after the station object
(ieee80211_sta) delete will trigger the kernel panic.

This problem arise in AP + Mesh configuration, Where the current node AP VAP
and neighbor node mesh VAP MAC address are same. When the current mesh node
try to establish the mesh link with neighbor node, driver peer creation for
the neighbor mesh node fails due to duplication MAC address. Already the AP
VAP created with same MAC address.

It is caused by the following scenario steps.

1. In above condition, ath10k driver sta_state callback (ath10k_sta_state)
fails to do the state change for a station from IEEE80211_STA_NOTEXIST
to IEEE80211_STA_NONE due to peer creation fails. Sta_state callback is
called from ieee80211_add_station() to handle the new station
(neighbor mesh node) request from the wpa_supplicant.
2. Concurrently ath10k receive the sta_rc_update callback notification from
the mesh_neighbour_update() to handle the beacon frames of the above
neighbor mesh node. since its atomic callback, ath10k driver queue the
work (ath10k_sta_rc_update_wk) to handle rc update.
3. Due to driver sta_state callback fails (step 1), mac80211 free the station
4. When the worker (ath10k_sta_rc_update_wk) scheduled to run, it will access
the station object which is already deleted. so it will trigger kernel

Added the peer exist check in sta_rc_update callback before queue the work.

Kernel Panic log:

Unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at virtual address 00000000
pgd = c0204000
[00000000] *pgd=00000000
Internal error: Oops: 17 [#1] PREEMPT SMP ARM
CPU: 1 PID: 1833 Comm: kworker/u4:2 Not tainted 3.14.77 #1
task: dcef0000 ti: d72b6000 task.ti: d72b6000
PC is at pwq_activate_delayed_work+0x10/0x40
LR is at pwq_activate_delayed_work+0xc/0x40
pc : [<c023f988>] lr : [<c023f984>] psr: 40000193
sp : d72b7f18 ip : 0000007a fp : d72b6000
r10: 00000000 r9 : dd404414 r8 : d8c31998
r7 : d72b6038 r6 : 00000004 r5 : d4907ec8 r4 : dcee1300
r3 : ffffffe0 r2 : 00000000 r1 : 00000001 r0 : 00000000
Flags: nZcv IRQs off FIQs on Mode SVC_32 ISA ARM Segment kernel
Control: 10c5787d Table: 595bc06a DAC: 00000015
Process kworker/u4:2 (pid: 1833, stack limit = 0xd72b6238)
Stack: (0xd72b7f18 to 0xd72b8000)
7f00: 00000001 dcee1300
7f20: 00000001 c02410dc d8c31980 dd404400 dd404400 c0242790 d8c31980 00000089
7f40: 00000000 d93e1340 00000000 d8c31980 c0242568 00000000 00000000 00000000
7f60: 00000000 c02474dc 00000000 00000000 000000f8 d8c31980 00000000 00000000
7f80: d72b7f80 d72b7f80 00000000 00000000 d72b7f90 d72b7f90 d72b7fac d93e1340
7fa0: c0247404 00000000 00000000 c0208d20 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
7fc0: 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
7fe0: 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000013 00000000 00000000 00000000
[<c023f988>] (pwq_activate_delayed_work) from [<c02410dc>] (pwq_dec_nr_in_flight+0x58/0xc4)
[<c02410dc>] (pwq_dec_nr_in_flight) from [<c0242790>] (worker_thread+0x228/0x360)
[<c0242790>] (worker_thread) from [<c02474dc>] (kthread+0xd8/0xec)
[<c02474dc>] (kthread) from [<c0208d20>] (ret_from_fork+0x14/0x34)
Code: e92d4038 e1a05000 ebffffbc[69210.619376] SMP: failed to stop secondary CPUs
Rebooting in 3 seconds..

Signed-off-by: Karthikeyan Periyasamy <>
Signed-off-by: Kalle Valo <>
Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath10k/mac.c | 10 ++++++++++
1 file changed, 10 insertions(+)

--- a/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath10k/mac.c
+++ b/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath10k/mac.c
@@ -6311,10 +6311,20 @@ static void ath10k_sta_rc_update(struct
struct ath10k *ar = hw->priv;
struct ath10k_sta *arsta = (struct ath10k_sta *)sta->drv_priv;
+ struct ath10k_vif *arvif = (void *)vif->drv_priv;
+ struct ath10k_peer *peer;
u32 bw, smps;


+ peer = ath10k_peer_find(ar, arvif->vdev_id, sta->addr);
+ if (!peer) {
+ spin_unlock_bh(&ar->data_lock);
+ ath10k_warn(ar, "mac sta rc update failed to find peer %pM on vdev %i\n",
+ sta->addr, arvif->vdev_id);
+ return;
+ }
ath10k_dbg(ar, ATH10K_DBG_MAC,
"mac sta rc update for %pM changed %08x bw %d nss %d smps %d\n",
sta->addr, changed, sta->bandwidth, sta->rx_nss,

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