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Date:   Mon, 24 Aug 2020 08:46:30 +0200
From:   Hans-Christian Noren Egtvedt <>
Cc:     Hans-Christian Noren Egtvedt <>
Subject: [PATCH] ioctl: only memset non-NULL link settings

In commit bef780467fa ('ioctl: do not pass transceiver value back to
kernel') a regression slipped. If we have a kernel that does not support
the ETHTOOL_xLINKSETTINGS API, then the do_ioctl_glinksettings()
function will return a NULL pointer.

Hence before memset'ing the pointer to zero we must first check it is
valid, as NULL return is perfectly fine when running on old kernels.

Signed-off-by: Hans-Christian Noren Egtvedt <>
 ethtool.c | 6 ++++--
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/ethtool.c b/ethtool.c
index c4ad186..8267d6b 100644
--- a/ethtool.c
+++ b/ethtool.c
@@ -2908,8 +2908,10 @@ static int do_sset(struct cmd_context *ctx)
 		struct ethtool_link_usettings *link_usettings;
 		link_usettings = do_ioctl_glinksettings(ctx);
-		memset(&link_usettings->deprecated, 0,
-		       sizeof(link_usettings->deprecated));
+		if (link_usettings) {
+			memset(&link_usettings->deprecated, 0,
+			       sizeof(link_usettings->deprecated));
+		}
 		if (link_usettings == NULL)
 			link_usettings = do_ioctl_gset(ctx);
 		if (link_usettings == NULL) {

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