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Subject[PATCH 4.4 084/113] enic: prevent waking up stopped tx queues over watchdog reset
From: Firo Yang <>

[ Upstream commit 0f90522591fd09dd201065c53ebefdfe3c6b55cb ]

Recent months, our customer reported several kernel crashes all
preceding with following message:
NETDEV WATCHDOG: eth2 (enic): transmit queue 0 timed out
Error message of one of those crashes:
BUG: unable to handle kernel paging request at ffffffffa007e090

After analyzing severl vmcores, I found that most of crashes are
caused by memory corruption. And all the corrupted memory areas
are overwritten by data of network packets. Moreover, I also found
that the tx queues were enabled over watchdog reset.

After going through the source code, I found that in enic_stop(),
the tx queues stopped by netif_tx_disable() could be woken up over
a small time window between netif_tx_disable() and the
napi_disable() by the following code path:
netif_wake_subqueue(enic->netdev, q_number)->
test_and_clear_bit(__QUEUE_STATE_DRV_XOFF, &txq->state)
In turn, upper netowrk stack could queue skb to ENIC NIC though
enic_hard_start_xmit(). And this might introduce some race condition.

Our customer comfirmed that this kind of kernel crash doesn't occur over
90 days since they applied this patch.

Signed-off-by: Firo Yang <>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
drivers/net/ethernet/cisco/enic/enic_main.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

--- a/drivers/net/ethernet/cisco/enic/enic_main.c
+++ b/drivers/net/ethernet/cisco/enic/enic_main.c
@@ -1807,10 +1807,10 @@ static int enic_stop(struct net_device *

- netif_tx_disable(netdev);
if (vnic_dev_get_intr_mode(enic->vdev) == VNIC_DEV_INTR_MODE_MSIX)
for (i = 0; i < enic->wq_count; i++)
napi_disable(&enic->napi[enic_cq_wq(enic, i)]);
+ netif_tx_disable(netdev);

if (!enic_is_dynamic(enic) && !enic_is_sriov_vf(enic))

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