Bug 20522 - Kernel locks up in macb interrupt handler on a flooded network
Kernel locks up in macb interrupt handler on a flooded network
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 20732
Product: Drivers
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Network
All Linux
: P1 normal
Assigned To: Nicolas Ferre
Depends on:
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Reported: 2010-10-18 15:11 UTC by joshua.hoke
Modified: 2010-11-18 17:06 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Kernel Version: 2.6.27.x, 2.6.36-rc8
Tree: Mainline
Regression: No


Description joshua.hoke 2010-10-18 15:11:13 UTC
On a busy network, the macb driver could get stuck in the interrupt handler, quickly triggering the watchdog, due to a confluence of factors:

 1. macb_poll re-enables interrupts unconditionally, even when it will be called again because it exhausted its rx budget
 2. macb_interrupt only disabled interrupts when it could scheduled macb_poll, but scheduling fails when macb_poll is already scheduled because it didn't call napi_complete
 3. macb_interrupt loops until the interrupt status register is clear, which will never happen if it doesn't disable the RX interrupt

Since macb_interrupt runs in interrupt context, this effectively locks up the machine, triggering the watchdog timer. (The RT kernel may have different behavior, but it's still a bug in the driver.)

This issue was readily reproducible on a flooded network with the kernel. The same problems appear to still be in 2.6.36-rc8, so I am submitting this bug report.

The attached patches may need some cleanup but fix the problem for me. (The second one fixes a theoretical problem with the first.)
Comment 1 Nicolas Ferre 2010-11-18 17:06:58 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 20732 ***

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