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Date:	Mon, 14 Dec 2015 12:25:46 +0100
From:	Pablo Neira Ayuso <>
Subject: [PATCH 6/6] netfilter: nf_tables: use reverse traversal commit_list in nf_tables_abort

From: Xin Long <>

When we use 'nft -f' to submit rules, it will build multiple rules into
one netlink skb to send to kernel, kernel will process them one by one.
meanwhile, it add the trans into commit_list to record every commit.
if one of them's return value is -EAGAIN, status |= NFNL_BATCH_REPLAY
will be marked. after all the process is done. it will roll back all the

now kernel use list_add_tail to add trans to commit, and use
list_for_each_entry_safe to roll back. which means the order of adding
and rollback is the same. that will cause some cases cannot work well,
even trigger call trace, like:

1. add a set into table foo  [return -EAGAIN]:
   commit_list = 'add set trans'
2. del foo:
   commit_list = 'add set trans' -> 'del set trans' -> 'del tab trans'
then nf_tables_abort will be called to roll back:
firstly process 'add set trans':
                   case NFT_MSG_NEWSET:

  it will del the set from the table foo, but it has removed when del
  table foo [step 2], then the kernel will panic.

the right order of rollback should be:
  'del tab trans' -> 'del set trans' -> 'add set trans'.
which is opposite with commit_list order.

so fix it by rolling back commits with reverse order in nf_tables_abort.

Signed-off-by: Xin Long <>
Signed-off-by: Pablo Neira Ayuso <>
 net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c | 3 ++-
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c b/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c
index f1002dc..2cb429d 100644
--- a/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c
+++ b/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c
@@ -4024,7 +4024,8 @@ static int nf_tables_abort(struct sk_buff *skb)
 	struct nft_trans *trans, *next;
 	struct nft_trans_elem *te;
-	list_for_each_entry_safe(trans, next, &net->nft.commit_list, list) {
+	list_for_each_entry_safe_reverse(trans, next, &net->nft.commit_list,
+					 list) {
 		switch (trans->msg_type) {
 			if (nft_trans_table_update(trans)) {

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