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From: "Oliver Pinter" <>
To: "Linux Kernel" <>,,
Subject: Re: [2.6.22.y] {04/17} - cciss-panic-in-blk_rq_map_sg - series for stable kernel #2
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2008 00:07:45 +0100	[thread overview]
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>From a683d652d334a546be9175b894f42dbd8e399536 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Lee Schermerhorn <>
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2007 08:33:55 +0200
Subject: [PATCH] Panic in blk_rq_map_sg() from CCISS driver

New scatter/gather list chaining [sg_next()] treats 'page' member of
struct scatterlist with low bit set [0x01] as a chain pointer to
another struct scatterlist [array].  The CCISS driver request function
passes an uninitialized, temporary, on-stack scatterlist array to
blk_rq_map_sq().  sg_next() interprets random data on the stack as a
chain pointer and eventually tries to de-reference an invalid pointer,
resulting in:

[<ffffffff8031dd70>] blk_rq_map_sg+0x70/0x170
PGD 6090c3067 PUD 0
Oops: 0000 [1] SMP
last sysfs file: /block/cciss!c0d0/cciss!c0d0p1/dev
Modules linked in: ehci_hcd ohci_hcd uhci_hcd
Pid: 1, comm: init Not tainted 2.6.23-rc6-mm1 #3
RIP: 0010:[<ffffffff8031dd70>] [<ffffffff8031dd70>] blk_rq_map_sg+0x70/0x170
RSP: 0018:ffff81060901f768 EFLAGS: 00010206
RAX: 000000040b161000 RBX: ffff81060901f7d8 RCX: 000000040b162c00
RDX: 0000000000000000 RSI: ffff81060b13a260 RDI: ffff81060b139600
RBP: 0000000000001400 R08: 00000000fffffffe R09: 0000000000000400
R10: 0000000000000000 R11: 000000040b163000 R12: ffff810102fe0000
R13: 0000000000000001 R14: 0000000000000001 R15: 00001e0000000000
FS: 00000000026108f0(0063) GS:ffff810409000b80(0000) knlGS:0000000000000000
CS: 0010 DS: 0000 ES: 0000 CR0: 000000008005003b
CR2: 000000010000001e CR3: 00000006090c6000 CR4: 00000000000006e0
DR0: 0000000000000000 DR1: 0000000000000000 DR2: 0000000000000000
DR3: 0000000000000000 DR6: 00000000ffff0ff0 DR7: 0000000000000400
Process init (pid: 1, threadinfo ffff81060901e000, task ffff810409020800)
last branch before last exception/interrupt
from [<ffffffff8031de0a>] blk_rq_map_sg+0x10a/0x170
to [<ffffffff8031dd70>] blk_rq_map_sg+0x70/0x170
Stack: 000000018068ea00 ffff810102fe0000 0000000000000000 ffff810011400000
0000000000000002 0000000000000000 ffff81040b172000 ffffffff803acd3d
0000000000003ec1 ffff8106090d5000 ffff8106090d5000 ffff810102fe0000
Call Trace:
[<ffffffff803acd3d>] do_cciss_request+0x15d/0x4c0
[<ffffffff80298968>] new_slab+0x1c8/0x270
[<ffffffff80298ffd>] __slab_alloc+0x22d/0x470
[<ffffffff8027327b>] mempool_alloc+0x4b/0x130
[<ffffffff8032b21e>] cfq_set_request+0xee/0x380
[<ffffffff8027327b>] mempool_alloc+0x4b/0x130
[<ffffffff8031ff98>] get_request+0x168/0x360
[<ffffffff80331b0d>] rb_insert_color+0x8d/0x110
[<ffffffff8031cfd8>] elv_rb_add+0x58/0x60
[<ffffffff8032a329>] cfq_add_rq_rb+0x69/0xa0
[<ffffffff8031c1ab>] elv_merged_request+0x5b/0x60
[<ffffffff803224fd>] __make_request+0x23d/0x650
[<ffffffff80298ffd>] __slab_alloc+0x22d/0x470
[<ffffffff80270000>] generic_write_checks+0x140/0x190
[<ffffffff8031f012>] generic_make_request+0x1c2/0x3a0
Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!

This patch initializes the tmp_sg array to zeroes.  Perhaps not the ultimate
fix, but an effective work-around.  I can now boot 23-rc6-mm1 on an HP
Proliant x86_64 with CCISS boot disk.

Signed-off-by:  Lee Schermerhorn <>

 drivers/block/cciss.c |    1 +
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)
Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <>

diff --git a/drivers/block/cciss.c b/drivers/block/cciss.c
index 55c3237..2023d61 100644
--- a/drivers/block/cciss.c
+++ b/drivers/block/cciss.c
@@ -2570,6 +2570,7 @@ static void do_cciss_request(struct request_queue *q)
 #endif				/* CCISS_DEBUG */

+	memset(tmp_sg, 0, sizeof(tmp_sg));
 	seg = blk_rq_map_sg(q, creq, tmp_sg);

 	/* get the DMA records for the setup */

On 2/2/08, Oliver Pinter (Pintér Olivér) <> wrote:
> mainline: a683d652d334a546be9175b894f42dbd8e399536
> --
> Thanks,
> Oliver


      reply	other threads:[~2008-02-06 23:13 UTC|newest]

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2008-02-02  1:33 Oliver Pinter (Pintér Olivér)
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