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Date:   Mon, 19 Oct 2020 08:27:36 +0300
From:   Leon Romanovsky <>
To:     Doug Ledford <>,
        Jason Gunthorpe <>
Cc:     Parav Pandit <>, Jakub Kicinski <>,
        Jiri Pirko <>,,
        Michael Guralnik <>,, Saeed Mahameed <>
Subject: [PATCH rdma-rc] RDMA/mlx5: Fix devlink deadlock on net namespace deletion

From: Parav Pandit <>

When a mlx5 core devlink instance is reloaded in different net
namespace, its associated IB device is deleted and recreated.

Example sequence is:
$ ip netns add foo
$ devlink dev reload pci/0000:00:08.0 netns foo
$ ip netns del foo

mlx5 IB device needs to attach and detach the netdevice to it
through the netdev notifier chain during load and unload sequence.
A below call graph of the unload flow.

   down_read(&pernet_ops_rwsem); <- first sem acquired
                         down_write(&pernet_ops_rwsem);<- recurrsive lock

Hence, when net namespace is deleted, mlx5 reload results in deadlock.

When deadlock occurs, devlink mutex is also held. This not only deadlocks
the mlx5 device under reload, but all the processes which attempt to access
unrelated devlink devices are deadlocked.

Hence, fix this by mlx5 ib driver to register for per net netdev
notifier instead of global one, which operats on the net namespace
without holding the pernet_ops_rwsem.

Fixes: 4383cfcc65e7 ("net/mlx5: Add devlink reload")
Signed-off-by: Parav Pandit <>
Signed-off-by: Leon Romanovsky <>
 drivers/infiniband/hw/mlx5/main.c                  | 6 ++++--
 drivers/net/ethernet/mellanox/mlx5/core/lib/mlx5.h | 5 -----
 include/linux/mlx5/driver.h                        | 5 +++++
 3 files changed, 9 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/infiniband/hw/mlx5/main.c b/drivers/infiniband/hw/mlx5/main.c
index 944bb7691913..b1b3e563c15e 100644
--- a/drivers/infiniband/hw/mlx5/main.c
+++ b/drivers/infiniband/hw/mlx5/main.c
@@ -3323,7 +3323,8 @@ static int mlx5_add_netdev_notifier(struct mlx5_ib_dev *dev, u8 port_num)
 	int err;

 	dev->port[port_num].roce.nb.notifier_call = mlx5_netdev_event;
-	err = register_netdevice_notifier(&dev->port[port_num].roce.nb);
+	err = register_netdevice_notifier_net(mlx5_core_net(dev->mdev),
+					      &dev->port[port_num].roce.nb);
 	if (err) {
 		dev->port[port_num].roce.nb.notifier_call = NULL;
 		return err;
@@ -3335,7 +3336,8 @@ static int mlx5_add_netdev_notifier(struct mlx5_ib_dev *dev, u8 port_num)
 static void mlx5_remove_netdev_notifier(struct mlx5_ib_dev *dev, u8 port_num)
 	if (dev->port[port_num].roce.nb.notifier_call) {
-		unregister_netdevice_notifier(&dev->port[port_num].roce.nb);
+		unregister_netdevice_notifier_net(mlx5_core_net(dev->mdev),
+						  &dev->port[port_num].roce.nb);
 		dev->port[port_num].roce.nb.notifier_call = NULL;
diff --git a/drivers/net/ethernet/mellanox/mlx5/core/lib/mlx5.h b/drivers/net/ethernet/mellanox/mlx5/core/lib/mlx5.h
index d046db7bb047..3a9fa629503f 100644
--- a/drivers/net/ethernet/mellanox/mlx5/core/lib/mlx5.h
+++ b/drivers/net/ethernet/mellanox/mlx5/core/lib/mlx5.h
@@ -90,9 +90,4 @@ int mlx5_create_encryption_key(struct mlx5_core_dev *mdev,
 			       u32 key_type, u32 *p_key_id);
 void mlx5_destroy_encryption_key(struct mlx5_core_dev *mdev, u32 key_id);

-static inline struct net *mlx5_core_net(struct mlx5_core_dev *dev)
-	return devlink_net(priv_to_devlink(dev));
diff --git a/include/linux/mlx5/driver.h b/include/linux/mlx5/driver.h
index c484805d8a22..1c810911d367 100644
--- a/include/linux/mlx5/driver.h
+++ b/include/linux/mlx5/driver.h
@@ -1210,4 +1210,9 @@ static inline bool mlx5_is_roce_enabled(struct mlx5_core_dev *dev)
 	return val.vbool;

+static inline struct net *mlx5_core_net(struct mlx5_core_dev *dev)
+	return devlink_net(priv_to_devlink(dev));
 #endif /* MLX5_DRIVER_H */

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