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Date:   Wed,  1 May 2019 18:08:34 -0700
From:   David Ahern <>
Cc:,,, David Ahern <>
Subject: [PATCH net] neighbor: Reset gc_entries counter if new entry is released before insert

From: David Ahern <>

Ian and Alan both reported seeing overflows after upgrades to 5.x kernels:
  neighbour: arp_cache: neighbor table overflow!

Alan's mpls script helped get to the bottom of this bug. When a new entry
is created the gc_entries counter is bumped in neigh_alloc to check if a
new one is allowed to be created. ___neigh_create then searches for an
existing entry before inserting the just allocated one. If an entry
already exists, the new one is dropped in favor of the existing one. In
this case the cleanup path needs to drop the gc_entries counter. There
is no memory leak, only a counter leak.

Fixes: 58956317c8d ("neighbor: Improve garbage collection")
Reported-by: Ian Kumlien <>
Reported-by: Alan Maguire <>
Signed-off-by: David Ahern <>
 net/core/neighbour.c | 2 ++
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)

diff --git a/net/core/neighbour.c b/net/core/neighbour.c
index 30f6fd8f68e0..aff051e5521d 100644
--- a/net/core/neighbour.c
+++ b/net/core/neighbour.c
@@ -663,6 +663,8 @@ static struct neighbour *___neigh_create(struct neigh_table *tbl,
+	if (!exempt_from_gc)
+		atomic_dec(&tbl->gc_entries);
 	goto out;

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