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Date:	Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:57:16 -0700 (PDT)
From:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next 2/2] net: filter: don't release unattached
 filter through call_rcu()

From: Pablo Neira Ayuso <>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:36:28 +0200

> sk_unattached_filter_destroy() does not always need to release the
> filter object via rcu. Since this filter is never attached to the
> socket, the caller should be responsible for releasing the filter
> in a safe way, which may not necessarily imply rcu.
> This is a short summary of clients of this function:
> 1) xt_bpf.c and cls_bpf.c use the bpf matchers from rules, these rules
>    are removed from the packet path before the filter is released. Thus,
>    the framework makes sure the filter is safely removed.
> 2) In the ppp driver, the ppp_lock ensures serialization between the
>    xmit and filter attachment/detachment path. This doesn't use rcu
>    so deferred release via rcu makes no sense.
> 3) In the isdn/ppp driver, it is called from isdn_ppp_release()
>    the isdn_ppp_ioctl(). This driver uses mutex and spinlocks, no rcu.
>    Thus, deferred rcu makes no sense to me either, the deferred releases
>    may be just masking the effects of wrong locking strategy, which
>    should be fixed in the driver itself.
> 4) In the team driver, this is the only place where the rcu
>    synchronization with unattached filter is used. Therefore, this
>    patch introduces synchronize_rcu() which is called from the
>    genetlink path to make sure the filter doesn't go away while packets
>    are still walking over it. I think we can revisit this once struct
>    bpf_prog (that only wraps specific bpf code bits) is in place, then
>    add some specific struct rcu_head in the scope of the team driver if
>    Jiri thinks this is needed.
> Deferred rcu release for unattached filters was originally introduced
> in 302d663 ("filter: Allow to create sk-unattached filters").
> Signed-off-by: Pablo Neira Ayuso <>

Also applied, thanks.
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