panic: mutex Giant not owned at src/sys/security/mac/mac_net.c:355

Robert Watson rwatson at
Thu Apr 22 14:19:49 PDT 2004

On Thu, 22 Apr 2004, Simon L. Nielsen wrote:

> I have a reproduceable panic when I have MAC enabled in my kernel and I
> try to run tcpdump on the interface I have logged in on via ssh (I'm not
> really sure why it only happens in this case and in other cases).  I run
> "tcpdump -n -i sis0" and the panic as shown below.  I do not have any
> MAC policies loaded. 
> The problem is (if I understand the code correctly) that MAC calls
> BPFD_LOCK_ASSERT, which rwatson added NET_ASSERT_GIANT to, but since the
> sis interrupt handler is marked INTR_MPSAFE then GIANT isn't aquired
> before bpf_mtap (and therefor mac_check_bpfdesc_receive) is called.
> I'm not really sure what the correct fix is, but if bpf is locked, is
> GIANT really required for it?

Are you running a main line kernel with debug.mpsafenet turned on?

Robert N M Watson             FreeBSD Core Team, TrustedBSD Projects
robert at      Senior Research Scientist, McAfee Research

> panic: mutex Giant not owned at /data/nanobsd/src/sys/security/mac/mac_net.c:355
> at line 729 in file /data/nanobsd/src/sys/kern/kern_mutex.c
> Debugger("panic")
> Stopped at      Debugger+0x45:  xchgl   %ebx,in_Debugger.0
> db> trace
> Debugger(c063705f) at Debugger+0x45
> __panic(c06363ea,2d9,c063655f,c063669a,c0646fff) at __panic+0xc7
> _mtx_assert(c0689720,1,c0646fff,163) at _mtx_assert+0xc2
> mac_check_bpfdesc_receive(c1995c00,c1750c00) at mac_check_bpfdesc_receive+0x40
> bpf_mtap(c17536c0,c0adfa00) at bpf_mtap+0xa6
> sis_start(c1750c00) at sis_start+0x1a7
> sis_tick(c1750c00) at sis_tick+0x70
> softclock(0) at softclock+0x176
> ithread_loop(c0ac2500,c80c2d48,c0ac2500,c04c2e80,0) at ithread_loop+0x11c
> fork_exit(c04c2e80,c0ac2500,c80c2d48) at fork_exit+0xa8
> fork_trampoline() at fork_trampoline+0x8
> --- trap 0x1, eip = 0, esp = 0xc80c2d7c, ebp = 0 ---
> -- 
> Simon L. Nielsen
> FreeBSD Documentation Team

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