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Date:	Wed, 20 Feb 2008 00:22:10 -0800 (PST)
From:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [net-2.6][DRIVER][VETH] fix dev refcount race

From: Daniel Lezcano <>
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2008 17:18:00 +0100

> veth: fix dev refcount race
> When deleting the veth driver, veth_close calls netif_carrier_off
> for the two extremities of the network device. netif_carrier_off on
> the peer device will fire an event and hold a reference on the peer
> device. Just after, the peer is unregistered taking the rtnl_lock while
> the linkwatch_event is scheduled. If __linkwatch_run_queue does not
> occurs before the unregistering, unregister_netdevice will wait for
> the dev refcount to reach zero holding the rtnl_lock and linkwatch_event
> will wait for the rtnl_lock and hold the dev refcount.
> Signed-off-by: Daniel Lezcano <>

Thank you for fixing this bug, patch applied.
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