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Date:   Thu, 27 Aug 2020 09:06:18 +0200
From:   Sascha Hauer <>
Cc:     Andrew Lunn <>,
        Florian Fainelli <>,
        Heiner Kallweit <>,,
        Sascha Hauer <>
Subject: [PATCHi v2] net: mdiobus: fix device unregistering in mdiobus_register

After device_register has been called the device structure may not be
freed anymore, put_device() has to be called instead. This gets violated
when device_register() or any of the following steps before the mdio
bus is fully registered fails. In this case the caller will call
mdiobus_free() which then directly frees the mdio bus structure.

Set bus->state to MDIOBUS_UNREGISTERED right before calling
device_register(). With this mdiobus_free() calls put_device() instead
as it ought to be.

Signed-off-by: Sascha Hauer <>

Changes since v1:
- set bus->state before calling device_register(), not afterwards

 drivers/net/phy/mdio_bus.c | 2 ++
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)

diff --git a/drivers/net/phy/mdio_bus.c b/drivers/net/phy/mdio_bus.c
index 0af20faad69d..9434b04a11c8 100644
--- a/drivers/net/phy/mdio_bus.c
+++ b/drivers/net/phy/mdio_bus.c
@@ -534,6 +534,8 @@ int __mdiobus_register(struct mii_bus *bus, struct module *owner)
 	bus->dev.groups = NULL;
 	dev_set_name(&bus->dev, "%s", bus->id);
 	err = device_register(&bus->dev);
 	if (err) {
 		pr_err("mii_bus %s failed to register\n", bus->id);

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