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Date:   Wed,  9 Dec 2020 23:18:09 +0100
From:   Pablo Neira Ayuso <>
Subject: [PATCH net 3/4] netfilter: nftables: comment indirect serialization of commit_mutex with rtnl_mutex

Add an explicit comment in the code to describe the indirect
serialization of the holders of the commit_mutex with the rtnl_mutex.
Commit 90d2723c6d4c ("netfilter: nf_tables: do not hold reference on
netdevice from preparation phase") already describes this, but a comment
in this case is better for reference.

Reported-by: Vladimir Oltean <>
Reviewed-by: Vladimir Oltean <>
Signed-off-by: Pablo Neira Ayuso <>
 net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c | 4 ++++
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+)

diff --git a/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c b/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c
index c2f59879a48d..9a080767667b 100644
--- a/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c
+++ b/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c
@@ -1723,6 +1723,10 @@ static struct nft_hook *nft_netdev_hook_alloc(struct net *net,
 	nla_strlcpy(ifname, attr, IFNAMSIZ);
+	/* nf_tables_netdev_event() is called under rtnl_mutex, this is
+	 * indirectly serializing all the other holders of the commit_mutex with
+	 * the rtnl_mutex.
+	 */
 	dev = __dev_get_by_name(net, ifname);
 	if (!dev) {
 		err = -ENOENT;

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