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Date:	Tue, 30 Oct 2007 15:38:30 -0700 (PDT)
From:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [patch 1/1][CORE] resend - fix free_netdev on register_netdev

From: Daniel Lezcano <>
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2007 17:19:26 +0100

> Point 1:
> The unregistering of a network device schedule a netdev_run_todo.
> This function calls dev->destructor when it is set and the
> destructor calls free_netdev.
> Point 2:
> In the case of an initialization of a network device the usual code
> is:
>  * alloc_netdev
>  * register_netdev
>     -> if this one fails, call free_netdev and exit with error.
> Point 3:
> In the register_netdevice function at the later state, when the device
> is at the registered state, a call to the netdevice_notifiers is made.
> If one of the notification falls into an error, a rollback to the
> registered state is done using unregister_netdevice.
> Conclusion:
> When a network device fails to register during initialization because
> one network subsystem returned an error during a notification call
> chain, the network device is freed twice because of fact 1 and fact 2.
> The second free_netdev will be done with an invalid pointer.
> Proposed solution:
> The following patch move all the code of unregister_netdevice *except* 
> the call to net_set_todo, to a new function "rollback_registered".
> The following functions are changed in this way:
>  * register_netdevice: calls rollback_registered when a notification fails
>  * unregister_netdevice: calls rollback_register + net_set_todo, the call
>                          order to net_set_todo is changed because it is the
>                          latest now. Since it justs add an element to a list
>                          that should not break anything.
> Signed-off-by: Daniel Lezcano <>

Looks good, applied.
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