Re: [ 45/82] USB: EHCI: dont check DMA values in QH overlays

From: Alan Stern
Date: Tue Mar 19 2013 - 11:27:20 EST

On Tue, 19 Mar 2013, Ben Hutchings wrote:

> On Mon, 2013-03-18 at 04:22 +0000, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> > 3.2-stable review patch. If anyone has any objections, please let me know.
> >
> > ------------------
> >
> > From: Alan Stern <stern@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> >
> > commit feca7746d5d9e84b105a613b7f3b6ad00d327372 upstream.
> >
> > This patch (as1661) fixes a rather obscure bug in ehci-hcd. In a
> > couple of places, the driver compares the DMA address stored in a QH's
> > overlay region with the address of a particular qTD, in order to see
> > whether that qTD is the one currently being processed by the hardware.
> > (If it is then the status in the QH's overlay region is more
> > up-to-date than the status in the qTD, and if it isn't then the
> > overlay's value needs to be adjusted when the QH is added back to the
> > active schedule.)
> >
> > However, DMA address in the overlay region isn't always valid. It
> > sometimes will contain a stale value, which may happen by coincidence
> > to be equal to a qTD's DMA address. Instead of checking the DMA
> > address, we should check whether the overlay region is active and
> > valid. The patch tests the ACTIVE bit in the overlay, and clears this
> > bit when the overlay becomes invalid (which happens when the
> > currently-executing URB is unlinked).
> >
> > This is the second part of a fix for the regression reported at:
> >
> >
> Alan, the first part (commit 6402c796d3b4 aka as1660) didn't apply and I
> couldn't see how to adapt it for 3.2. Does this second part have any
> value without the first? Or, if you could provide a backport of the
> first part, that would be very much appreciated.

Without the first part, the second part can actually be dangerous.
Under the circumstances, I think it is best to apply neither.

Alan Stern

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