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Date:	Wed, 18 Apr 2007 16:18:15 -0700
From:	Erik Hovland <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Make dev_kfree_skb_any check if the skb is valid

On Wed, Apr 18, 2007 at 03:44:16PM -0700, David Miller wrote:
> From: Erik Hovland <>
> Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 15:33:44 -0700
> > If dev_kfree_skb_any is called and it then calls dev_kfree_skb_irq.
> > That call will dereference the skb. If the skb is invalid, down the
> > drain we go.
> > 
> > This one-liner checks to see if the skb is valid as part of the
> > determination of whether to call dev_kfree_skb_irq.
> > 
> > Signed-off-by: Erik Hovland <>
> This should never be invoked with a NULL skb argument.
> Who is doing that?

Heh, the reason I came up with this patch is that the code in
drivers/usb/gadget/ether.c at about line 1653 will attempt to allocate
an skb. If it fails then it uses a goto to jump to line 1672 where it
will call dev_kfree_skb_any (skb) on a potentially null skb. I put a
validity check there and sent it off to the USB gadget maintainer. He
asked me to instead make the dev_kfree_skb_any call more robust and see
how that went over on the netdev list. Like a lead balloon?


Erik Hovland
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