[3.8.y.z extended stable] Patch "net: mv643xx_eth: fix orphaned statistics timer crash" has been added to staging queue

Kamal Mostafa kamal at canonical.com
Fri Nov 1 21:43:38 UTC 2013

This is a note to let you know that I have just added a patch titled

    net: mv643xx_eth: fix orphaned statistics timer crash

to the linux-3.8.y-queue branch of the 3.8.y.z extended stable tree 
which can be found at:


This patch is scheduled to be released in version

If you, or anyone else, feels it should not be added to this tree, please 
reply to this email.

For more information about the 3.8.y.z tree, see



>From 1b0bd3cb6b171711649fea8db995db8a6616b6dc Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Sebastian Hesselbarth <sebastian.hesselbarth at gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2013 12:57:21 +0200
Subject: net: mv643xx_eth: fix orphaned statistics timer crash

[ Upstream commit f564412c935111c583b787bcc18157377b208e2e ]

The periodic statistics timer gets started at port _probe() time, but
is stopped on _stop() only. In a modular environment, this can cause
the timer to access already deallocated memory, if the module is unloaded
without starting the eth device. To fix this, we add the timer right
before the port is started, instead of at _probe() time.

Signed-off-by: Sebastian Hesselbarth <sebastian.hesselbarth at gmail.com>
Acked-by: Jason Cooper <jason at lakedaemon.net>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <davem at davemloft.net>
Signed-off-by: Kamal Mostafa <kamal at canonical.com>
 drivers/net/ethernet/marvell/mv643xx_eth.c | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/ethernet/marvell/mv643xx_eth.c b/drivers/net/ethernet/marvell/mv643xx_eth.c
index 6d89717..0733685 100644
--- a/drivers/net/ethernet/marvell/mv643xx_eth.c
+++ b/drivers/net/ethernet/marvell/mv643xx_eth.c
@@ -2366,6 +2366,7 @@ static int mv643xx_eth_open(struct net_device *dev)
 		mp->int_mask |= INT_TX_END_0 << i;

+	add_timer(&mp->mib_counters_timer);

@@ -2913,7 +2914,6 @@ static int mv643xx_eth_probe(struct platform_device *pdev)
 	mp->mib_counters_timer.data = (unsigned long)mp;
 	mp->mib_counters_timer.function = mib_counters_timer_wrapper;
 	mp->mib_counters_timer.expires = jiffies + 30 * HZ;
-	add_timer(&mp->mib_counters_timer);



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