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Date:   Wed,  2 Jan 2019 13:29:27 +0100
From:   Stefano Brivio <>
To:     "David S. Miller" <>
Cc:     Jianlin Shi <>, David Ahern <>,
Subject: [PATCH net] ipv6: route: Fix return value of ip6_neigh_lookup() on neigh_create() error

In ip6_neigh_lookup(), we must not return errors coming from
neigh_create(): if creation of a neighbour entry fails, the lookup should
return NULL, in the same way as it's done in __neigh_lookup().

Otherwise, callers legitimately checking for a non-NULL return value of
the lookup function might dereference an invalid pointer.

For instance, on neighbour table overflow, ndisc_router_discovery()
crashes ndisc_update() by passing ERR_PTR(-ENOBUFS) as 'neigh' argument.

Reported-by: Jianlin Shi <>
Fixes: f8a1b43b709d ("net/ipv6: Create a neigh_lookup for FIB entries")
Signed-off-by: Stefano Brivio <>
 net/ipv6/route.c | 4 +++-
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/net/ipv6/route.c b/net/ipv6/route.c
index a94e0b02a8ac..40b225f87d5e 100644
--- a/net/ipv6/route.c
+++ b/net/ipv6/route.c
@@ -210,7 +210,9 @@ struct neighbour *ip6_neigh_lookup(const struct in6_addr *gw,
 	n = __ipv6_neigh_lookup(dev, daddr);
 	if (n)
 		return n;
-	return neigh_create(&nd_tbl, daddr, dev);
+	n = neigh_create(&nd_tbl, daddr, dev);
+	return IS_ERR(n) ? NULL : n;
 static struct neighbour *ip6_dst_neigh_lookup(const struct dst_entry *dst,

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