[PATCH net-next v4 1/9] net: free_netdev: exit earlier if dummy

Breno Leitao leitao at debian.org
Tue Apr 9 05:57:15 PDT 2024

For dummy devices, exit earlier at free_netdev() instead of executing
the whole function. This is necessary, because dummy devices are
special, and shouldn't have the second part of the function executed.

Otherwise reg_state, which is NETREG_DUMMY for dummy devices, will be
overwritten and there will be no way to identify that this is a dummy
device. Also, this device do not need the final put_device(), since
dummy devices are not registered (through register_netdevice()), where
the device reference is increased (at netdev_register_kobject() ->

Suggested-by: Jakub Kicinski <kuba at kernel.org>
Signed-off-by: Breno Leitao <leitao at debian.org>
 net/core/dev.c | 3 ++-
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/net/core/dev.c b/net/core/dev.c
index 92f5bddbc2de..bf0a335781aa 100644
--- a/net/core/dev.c
+++ b/net/core/dev.c
@@ -11051,7 +11051,8 @@ void free_netdev(struct net_device *dev)
 	dev->xdp_bulkq = NULL;
 	/*  Compatibility with error handling in drivers */
-	if (dev->reg_state == NETREG_UNINITIALIZED) {
+	if (dev->reg_state == NETREG_UNINITIALIZED ||
+	    dev->reg_state == NETREG_DUMMY) {

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