[ 3.5.y.z extended stable ] Patch "tcp: cubic: fix overflow error in bictcp_update()" has been added to staging queue

Luis Henriques luis.henriques at canonical.com
Fri Sep 20 19:33:53 UTC 2013


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

    tcp: cubic: fix overflow error in bictcp_update()

to the linux-3.5.y-queue branch of the 3.5.y.z extended stable tree 
which can be found at:

 http://kernel.ubuntu.com/git?p=ubuntu/linux.git;a=shortlog;h=refs/heads/linux-3.5.y-queue

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

For more information about the 3.5.y.z tree, see
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Kernel/Dev/ExtendedStable

Thanks.
-Luis

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>From 3105adb821b80aea7474326362f77c29f8a77e81 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Eric Dumazet <edumazet at google.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Aug 2013 17:10:15 -0700
Subject: [PATCH] tcp: cubic: fix overflow error in bictcp_update()

commit 2ed0edf9090bf4afa2c6fc4f38575a85a80d4b20 upstream.

commit 17a6e9f1aa9 ("tcp_cubic: fix clock dependency") added an
overflow error in bictcp_update() in following code :

/* change the unit from HZ to bictcp_HZ */
t = ((tcp_time_stamp + msecs_to_jiffies(ca->delay_min>>3) -
      ca->epoch_start) << BICTCP_HZ) / HZ;

Because msecs_to_jiffies() being unsigned long, compiler does
implicit type promotion.

We really want to constrain (tcp_time_stamp - ca->epoch_start)
to a signed 32bit value, or else 't' has unexpected high values.

This bugs triggers an increase of retransmit rates ~24 days after
boot [1], as the high order bit of tcp_time_stamp flips.

[1] for hosts with HZ=1000

Big thanks to Van Jacobson for spotting this problem.

Diagnosed-by: Van Jacobson <vanj at google.com>
Signed-off-by: Eric Dumazet <edumazet at google.com>
Cc: Neal Cardwell <ncardwell at google.com>
Cc: Yuchung Cheng <ycheng at google.com>
Cc: Stephen Hemminger <stephen at networkplumber.org>
Acked-by: Neal Cardwell <ncardwell at google.com>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <davem at davemloft.net>
Signed-off-by: Luis Henriques <luis.henriques at canonical.com>
---
 net/ipv4/tcp_cubic.c | 10 ++++++----
 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/net/ipv4/tcp_cubic.c b/net/ipv4/tcp_cubic.c
index a9077f4..b6b591f 100644
--- a/net/ipv4/tcp_cubic.c
+++ b/net/ipv4/tcp_cubic.c
@@ -206,8 +206,8 @@ static u32 cubic_root(u64 a)
  */
 static inline void bictcp_update(struct bictcp *ca, u32 cwnd)
 {
-	u64 offs;
-	u32 delta, t, bic_target, max_cnt;
+	u32 delta, bic_target, max_cnt;
+	u64 offs, t;

 	ca->ack_cnt++;	/* count the number of ACKs */

@@ -250,9 +250,11 @@ static inline void bictcp_update(struct bictcp *ca, u32 cwnd)
 	 * if the cwnd < 1 million packets !!!
 	 */

+	t = (s32)(tcp_time_stamp - ca->epoch_start);
+	t += msecs_to_jiffies(ca->delay_min >> 3);
 	/* change the unit from HZ to bictcp_HZ */
-	t = ((tcp_time_stamp + msecs_to_jiffies(ca->delay_min>>3)
-	      - ca->epoch_start) << BICTCP_HZ) / HZ;
+	t <<= BICTCP_HZ;
+	do_div(t, HZ);

 	if (t < ca->bic_K)		/* t - K */
 		offs = ca->bic_K - t;
--
1.8.3.2





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