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Date:   Tue, 19 May 2020 15:39:07 -0700 (PDT)
From:   David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net v2] __netif_receive_skb_core: pass skb by reference

From: Boris Sukholitko <>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2020 10:32:37 +0300

> __netif_receive_skb_core may change the skb pointer passed into it (e.g.
> in rx_handler). The original skb may be freed as a result of this
> operation.
> The callers of __netif_receive_skb_core may further process original skb
> by using pt_prev pointer returned by __netif_receive_skb_core thus
> leading to unpleasant effects.
> The solution is to pass skb by reference into __netif_receive_skb_core.
> v2: Added Fixes tag and comment regarding ppt_prev and skb invariant.
> Fixes: 88eb1944e18c ("net: core: propagate SKB lists through packet_type lookup")
> Signed-off-by: Boris Sukholitko <>

Applied and queued up for -stable.

> @@ -4997,6 +4997,7 @@ static int __netif_receive_skb_core(struct sk_buff *skb, bool pfmemalloc,
>  	bool deliver_exact = false;
>  	int ret = NET_RX_DROP;
>  	__be16 type;
> +	struct sk_buff *skb = *pskb;

I fixed up the reverse christmas tree variable ordering here, please take
care in this area next time.

Thank you.

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