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Subject[PATCH 4.17 058/101] s390/qeth: fix race when setting MAC address
4.17-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Julian Wiedmann <>

[ Upstream commit 4789a21880488048105590049fc41a99f53d565d ]

When qeth_l2_set_mac_address() finds the card in a non-reachable state,
it merely copies the new MAC address into dev->dev_addr so that
__qeth_l2_set_online() can later register it with the HW.

But __qeth_l2_set_online() may very well be running concurrently, so we
can't trust the card state without appropriate locking:
If the online sequence is past the point where it registers
dev->dev_addr (but not yet in SOFTSETUP state), any address change needs
to be properly programmed into the HW. Otherwise the netdevice ends up
with a different MAC address than what's set in the HW, and inbound
traffic is not forwarded as expected.

This is most likely to occur for OSD in LPAR, where
commit 21b1702af12e ("s390/qeth: improve fallback to random MAC address")
now triggers eg. systemd to immediately change the MAC when the netdevice
is registered with a NET_ADDR_RANDOM address.

Fixes: bcacfcbc82b4 ("s390/qeth: fix MAC address update sequence")
Signed-off-by: Julian Wiedmann <>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
drivers/s390/net/qeth_l2_main.c | 15 +++++++++++----
1 file changed, 11 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

--- a/drivers/s390/net/qeth_l2_main.c
+++ b/drivers/s390/net/qeth_l2_main.c
@@ -523,27 +523,34 @@ static int qeth_l2_set_mac_address(struc

+ /* avoid racing against concurrent state change: */
+ if (!mutex_trylock(&card->conf_mutex))
+ return -EAGAIN;
if (!qeth_card_hw_is_reachable(card)) {
ether_addr_copy(dev->dev_addr, addr->sa_data);
- return 0;
+ goto out_unlock;

/* don't register the same address twice */
if (ether_addr_equal_64bits(dev->dev_addr, addr->sa_data) &&
(card->info.mac_bits & QETH_LAYER2_MAC_REGISTERED))
- return 0;
+ goto out_unlock;

/* add the new address, switch over, drop the old */
rc = qeth_l2_send_setmac(card, addr->sa_data);
if (rc)
- return rc;
+ goto out_unlock;
ether_addr_copy(old_addr, dev->dev_addr);
ether_addr_copy(dev->dev_addr, addr->sa_data);

if (card->info.mac_bits & QETH_LAYER2_MAC_REGISTERED)
qeth_l2_remove_mac(card, old_addr);
card->info.mac_bits |= QETH_LAYER2_MAC_REGISTERED;
- return 0;
+ mutex_unlock(&card->conf_mutex);
+ return rc;

static void qeth_promisc_to_bridge(struct qeth_card *card)

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