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Date:	Fri, 30 May 2014 14:57:27 +0200
From:	Michal Schmidt <>
Cc:	Nicolas Dichtel <>,
	David Miller <>
Subject: [PATCH] netlink: rate-limit leftover bytes warning and print process name

Any process is able to send netlink messages with leftover bytes.
Make the warning rate-limited to prevent too much log spam.

The warning is supposed to help find userspace bugs, so print the
triggering command name to implicate the buggy program.

Signed-off-by: Michal Schmidt <>
 lib/nlattr.c | 5 +++--
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/lib/nlattr.c b/lib/nlattr.c
index fc67547..31047c4 100644
--- a/lib/nlattr.c
+++ b/lib/nlattr.c
@@ -201,8 +201,9 @@ int nla_parse(struct nlattr **tb, int maxtype, const struct nlattr *head,
 	if (unlikely(rem > 0))
-		printk(KERN_WARNING "netlink: %d bytes leftover after parsing "
-		       "attributes.\n", rem);
+		printk_ratelimited(KERN_WARNING
+				   "netlink: %d bytes leftover after parsing attributes in process `%s'.\n",
+				   rem, current->comm);
 	err = 0;

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