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Date:	Tue, 3 Sep 2013 17:30:58 +0200
From:	Arvid Brodin <>
To:	David Miller <>
CC:	<>, <>,
	<>, <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3] net/hsr: Add support for the High-availability Seamless
 Redundancy protocol (HSRv0)

On 2013-08-30 21:54, David Miller wrote:
> From: Arvid Brodin <>
> Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:20:17 +0200
>> This is a patch against net-next (2013-08-21).
> First of all, your email client corrupted the patch, chopping up long lines
> and making whitespace changes to the content of the patch.  Please fix this
> before resubmitting, and do so by first sending a test patch to yourself
> and making sure you can apply the patch you receive in that email.  Do not
> use attachments to deal with this issue.

Sorry about that - I forgot to disable Format=Flowed... :(

>> +	if (dev->operstate != transition) {
>> +		write_lock_bh(&dev_base_lock);
>> +		dev->operstate = transition;
>> +		write_unlock_bh(&dev_base_lock);
>> +		netdev_state_change(dev);
>> +	}
> This is racy.  And it appears that set_operstate() in net/core/rtnetlink.c
> has the same bug, I guess that's what you used as a guide.
> Any "test and set" sequence must be guarded completely by the lock, it
> doesn't make any sense to only guard the change of the value.

I never did understand the purpose of the locking done in set_operstate(). Will fix.

Also, Stephen Hemminger told me to use rtnl_mutex instead, but when I pointed
to net/core/rtnetlink.c and asked if he was sure, I did not get a reply. This 
function - __hsr_set_operstate() - is only called from a notifier_call function, 
so rtnl_mutex is already held here. Do I even need additional locking?

(According to ULNI* pp 171 Stephen is right and net/core/rtnetlink.c is wrong...)

* ULNI = Understanding Linux Network Internals

Arvid Brodin | Consultant (Linux)
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