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Subject[RFC PATCH net] net/smc: Reset conn->lgr when link group registration fails
SMC connections might fail to be registered to a link group due to
things like unable to find a link to assign to in its creation. As
a result, connection creation will return a failure and most
resources related to the connection won't be applied or initialized,
such as conn->abort_work or conn->lnk.

If smc_conn_free() is invoked later, it will try to access the
resources related to the connection, which wasn't initialized, thus
causing a panic.

Here is an example, a SMC-R connection failed to be registered
to a link group and conn->lnk is NULL. The following crash will
happen if smc_conn_free() tries to access conn->lnk in

BUG: kernel NULL pointer dereference, address: 0000000000000168
#PF: supervisor read access in kernel mode
#PF: error_code(0x0000) - not-present page
PGD 0 P4D 0
Oops: 0000 [#1] PREEMPT SMP PTI
CPU: 4 PID: 68 Comm: kworker/4:1 Kdump: loaded Tainted: G E 5.16.0-rc5+ #52
Workqueue: smc_hs_wq smc_listen_work [smc]
RIP: 0010:smc_wr_tx_dismiss_slots+0x1e/0xc0 [smc]
Call Trace:
smc_conn_free+0xd8/0x100 [smc]
smc_lgr_cleanup_early+0x15/0x90 [smc]
smc_listen_work+0x302/0x1230 [smc]
? process_one_work+0x25c/0x600
? process_one_work+0x600/0x600
? set_kthread_struct+0x40/0x40

This patch tries to fix this by resetting conn->lgr to NULL if an
abnormal exit due to lgr register failure occurs in smc_conn_create(),
thus avoiding the crash caused by accessing the uninitialized resources
in smc_conn_free().

Signed-off-by: Wen Gu <>
net/smc/smc_core.c | 10 ++++++++--
1 file changed, 8 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/net/smc/smc_core.c b/net/smc/smc_core.c
index 412bc85..1f40b8e 100644
--- a/net/smc/smc_core.c
+++ b/net/smc/smc_core.c
@@ -1815,7 +1815,7 @@ int smc_conn_create(struct smc_sock *smc, struct smc_init_info *ini)
if (rc)
- return rc;
+ goto out_unreg;

if (role == SMC_CLNT && !ini->first_contact_peer &&
ini->first_contact_local) {
@@ -1836,7 +1836,7 @@ int smc_conn_create(struct smc_sock *smc, struct smc_init_info *ini)
rc = smc_lgr_register_conn(conn, true);
if (rc)
- goto out;
+ goto out_unreg;
conn->local_tx_ctrl.common.type = SMC_CDC_MSG_TYPE;
conn->local_tx_ctrl.len = SMC_WR_TX_SIZE;
@@ -1855,6 +1855,12 @@ int smc_conn_create(struct smc_sock *smc, struct smc_init_info *ini)

return rc;
+ /* fail to register connection into a link group */
+ if (!lgr->conns_num && !delayed_work_pending(&lgr->free_work))
+ smc_lgr_schedule_free_work(lgr);
+ conn->lgr = NULL;
+ return rc;

#define SMCD_DMBE_SIZES 6 /* 0 -> 16KB, 1 -> 32KB, .. 6 -> 1MB */
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