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Date:	Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:35:04 -0700
From:	Ben Pfaff <>
Cc:	Ben Pfaff <>
Subject: [PATCH] netlink: Fix netlink_recvmsg() handling of error from netlink_dump().

netlink_dump() returns a negative errno value on error.  Until now,
netlink_recvmsg() directly recorded that negative value in sk->sk_err,
but that's wrong since sk_err takes positive errno values.  (This manifests
as userspace receiving a positive return value from the recv() system call,
falsely indicating success.)

This bug was introduced in the commit that started checking the
netlink_dump() return value, commit b44d211 (netlink: handle errors from

Multithreaded Netlink dumps are one way to trigger this behavior in
practice, as described in the commit message for the userspace workaround
posted here:

Signed-off-by: Ben Pfaff <>
 net/netlink/af_netlink.c |    2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/net/netlink/af_netlink.c b/net/netlink/af_netlink.c
index 15c731f..b7514b3 100644
--- a/net/netlink/af_netlink.c
+++ b/net/netlink/af_netlink.c
@@ -2483,7 +2483,7 @@ static int netlink_recvmsg(struct kiocb *kiocb, struct socket *sock,
 	    atomic_read(&sk->sk_rmem_alloc) <= sk->sk_rcvbuf / 2) {
 		ret = netlink_dump(sk);
 		if (ret) {
-			sk->sk_err = ret;
+			sk->sk_err = -ret;

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