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Date:	Fri, 16 Oct 2015 13:58:55 +0200 (CEST)
From:	Jozsef Kadlecsik <>
To:	Nikolay Borisov <>
	Pablo Neira Ayuso <>,
	David Miller <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3] netfilter: ipset: Fix sleeping memory allocation in
 atomic context

On Fri, 16 Oct 2015, Nikolay Borisov wrote:

> Commit 00590fdd5be0 introduced RCU locking in list type and in
> doing so introduced a memory allocation in list_set_add, which 
> is done in an atomic context, due to the fact that ipset rcu 
> list modifications are serialised with a spin lock. The reason 
> why we can't use a mutex is that in addition to modifying the 
> list with ipset commands, it's also being modified when a
> particular ipset rule timeout expires aka garbage collection. 
> This gc is triggered from set_cleanup_entries, which in turn 
> is invoked from a timer thus requiring the lock to be bh-safe. 
> Concretely the following call chain can lead to "sleeping function
> called in atomic context" splat: 
> call_ad -> list_set_uadt -> list_set_uadd -> kzalloc(, GFP_KERNEL).
> And since GFP_KERNEL allows initiating direct reclaim thus
> potentially sleeping in the allocation path.
> To fix the issue change the allocation type to GFP_ATOMIC, to
> correctly reflect that it is occuring in an atomic context.
> Fixes: 00590fdd5be0 ("netfilter: ipset: Introduce RCU locking in list type")
> Acked-by: Jozsef Kadlecsik <>
> Signed-off-by: Nikolay Borisov <>
> ---
> Changes since v2:
>  * Massaged the changelog to reflect discussion 
>  on the mailing list
> Changes since v1: 
>  * Added acked-by 
>  * Fixed patch header
>  net/netfilter/ipset/ip_set_list_set.c | 2 +-
>  1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

The patch is applied in the ipset package tree. Thanks!
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