rtl8139: validate rx ring before receiving packets

Message ID 4FB62529.9030006@lab.ntt.co.jp
State New
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Fernando Luis Vazquez Cao May 18, 2012, 10:32 a.m.
Hi Anthony, Michael,

While at it, could you pick up the attached patch too?
It has already been acked by Igor Kovalenko.



Subject: [PATCH] rtl8139: honor RxOverflow flag in can_receive method

From: Fernando Luis Vazquez Cao <fernando@oss.ntt.co.jp>

Some drivers (Linux' 8139too among them) rely on the NIC
injecting an interrupt in the event of a receive buffer overflow
and, accordingly, set the RxOverflow bit in the interrupt
mask. Unfortunately rtl8139's can_receive method ignores the
RxOverflow flag, which may lead to a situation where rtl8139
stops receiving packets (can_receive returns 0) when the receive
buffer becomes full.

If the driver eventually read from the receive buffer or reset
the card the emulator could recover from this situation. However
some implementations only do this upon receiving an interrupt
with either RxOK or RxOverflow set in the ISR; interrupt that
will never come because QEMU's flow control mechanisms would
prevent rtl8139 from receiving any packet.

Letting packets go through when the overflow interrupt is enabled
makes the QEMU emulator compliant to the spec and solves the

This patch should fix a relatively common (in our experience)
network stall observed when running enterprise distros with
rtl8139 as the NIC; in some cases the 8139too device driver gets
loaded and when under heavy load the network eventually stops

Reported-by: Hayato Kakuta <kakuta.hayato@oss.ntt.co.jp>
Tested-by: Hayato Kakuta <kakuta.hayato@oss.ntt.co.jp>
Acked-by: Igor Kovalenko <igor.v.kovalenko@gmail.com>
Signed-off-by: Fernando Luis Vazquez Cao <fernando@oss.ntt.co.jp>

diff -urNp qemu-orig/hw/rtl8139.c qemu/hw/rtl8139.c
--- qemu-orig/hw/rtl8139.c	2012-05-18 19:17:06.090565651 +0900
+++ qemu/hw/rtl8139.c	2012-05-09 15:48:50.000000000 +0900
@@ -802,7 +802,7 @@  static int rtl8139_can_receive(VLANClien
     } else {
         avail = MOD2(s->RxBufferSize + s->RxBufPtr - s->RxBufAddr,
-        return (avail == 0 || avail >= 1514);
+        return (avail == 0 || avail >= 1514 || (s->IntrMask & RxOverflow));