ACK: [SRU][X][PATCH v2 0/2] Fixes for LP: #1715519/CVE 2018-1000026

Kleber Souza kleber.souza at
Mon Feb 26 10:51:23 UTC 2018

On 02/26/18 02:51, Daniel Axtens wrote:
> From: Daniel Axtens <dja at>
> SRU Justification
> =================
> A ppc64le system runs as a guest under PowerVM. This guest has a bnx2x
> card attached, and uses openvswitch to bridge an ibmveth interface for
> traffic from other LPARs.
> We see the following crash sometimes when running netperf:
> May 10 17:16:32 tuk6r1phn2 kernel: bnx2x: [bnx2x_attn_int_deasserted3:4323(enP24p1s0f2)]MC assert!
> May 10 17:16:32 tuk6r1phn2 kernel: bnx2x: [bnx2x_mc_assert:720(enP24p1s0f2)]XSTORM_ASSERT_LIST_INDEX 0x2
> May 10 17:16:32 tuk6r1phn2 kernel: bnx2x: [bnx2x_mc_assert:736(enP24p1s0f2)]XSTORM_ASSERT_INDEX 0x0 = 0x00000000 0x25e42a7e 0x00462a38 0x00010052
> May 10 17:16:32 tuk6r1phn2 kernel: bnx2x: [bnx2x_mc_assert:750(enP24p1s0f2)]Chip Revision: everest3, FW Version: 7_13_1
> May 10 17:16:32 tuk6r1phn2 kernel: bnx2x: [bnx2x_attn_int_deasserted3:4329(enP24p1s0f2)]driver assert
> May 10 17:16:32 tuk6r1phn2 kernel: bnx2x: [bnx2x_panic_dump:923(enP24p1s0f2)]begin crash dump -----------------
> ... (dump of registers follows) ...
> Subsequent debugging reveals that the packets causing the issue come
> through the ibmveth interface - from the AIX LPAR. The veth protocol
> is 'special' - communication between LPARs on the same chassis can use
> very large (64k) frames to reduce overhead. Normal networks cannot
> handle such large packets, so traditionally, the VIOS partition would
> signal to the AIX partitions that it was 'special', and AIX would send
> regular, ethernet-sized packets to VIOS, which VIOS would then send
> out.
> This signalling between VIOS and AIX is done in a way that is not
> standards-compliant, and so was never made part of Linux. Instead, the
> Linux driver has always understood large frames and passed them up the
> network stack.
> In some cases (e.g. with TCP), multiple TCP segments are coalesced
> into one large packet. In Linux, this goes through the generic receive
> offload code, using a similar mechanism to GSO. These segments can be
> very large which presents as a very large MSS (maximum segment size)
> or gso_size.
> Normally, the large packet is simply passed to whatever network
> application on Linux is going to consume it, and everything is OK.
> However, in this case, the packets go through Open vSwitch, and are
> then passed to the bnx2x driver. The bnx2x driver/hardware supports
> TSO and GSO, but with a restriction: the maximum segment size is
> limited to around 9700 bytes. Normally this is more than
> adequate. However, if a large packet with very large (>9700 byte) TCP
> segments arrives through ibmveth, and is passed to bnx2x, the hardware
> will panic.
> [Impact]
> bnx2x card panics, requiring power cycle to restore functionality.
> The workaround is turning off TSO, which prevents the crash as the
> kernel resegments *all* packets in software, not just ones that are
> too big. This has a performance cost.
> [Fix]
> Test packet size in bnx2x feature check path and disable GSO if it is
> too large.
> [Regression Potential]
> A/B/X: The changes to the network core are easily reviewed. The
> changes to behaviour are limited to the bnx2x card driver.
> The most likely failure case is a false-positive on the size check,
> which would lead to a performance regression only.
> T: This also involves a different change to the networking core to add
> the old-style GSO checking, which is more invasive. However the
> changes are simple and easily reviewed.
> Daniel Axtens (2):
>   net: create skb_gso_validate_mac_len()
>   bnx2x: disable GSO where gso_size is too big for hardware
>  drivers/net/ethernet/broadcom/bnx2x/bnx2x_main.c | 18 +++++++++++
>  include/linux/skbuff.h                           | 16 ++++++++++
>  net/core/skbuff.c                                | 40 ++++++++++++++++++++++++
>  net/sched/sch_tbf.c                              | 10 ------
>  4 files changed, 74 insertions(+), 10 deletions(-)

Looks good to me, thanks for the v2 Daniel.

Acked-by: Kleber Sacilotto de Souza <kleber.souza at>

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