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Date:	Fri, 21 Sep 2012 13:16:52 -0400 (EDT)
From:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ipv6: release referenct of ip6_null_entry's dst entry
 in __ip6_del_rt

From: Gao feng <>
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 13:25:34 +0800

> as we hold dst_entry before we call __ip6_del_rt,
> so we should alse call dst_release not only return
> -ENOENT when the rt6_info is ip6_null_entry.
> and we already hold the dst entry, so I think it's
> safe to call dst_release out of the write-read lock.
> Signed-off-by: Gao feng <>

I cannot find a code path where we can actually end up
with an ip6_null_entry here and I'd much rather declare
this condition as a bug.

Patrick McHardy added this check back in 2006:

	commit 6c813a7297e3af4cd7c3458e09e9ee3d161c6830
	Author: Patrick McHardy <>
	Date:   Sun Aug 6 22:22:47 2006 -0700

	    [IPV6]: Fix crash in ip6_del_rt

But the ipv6 code has changed substantially since then.
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