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Date:   Sat, 26 Mar 2022 00:12:28 +0000
From:   William McVicker <>
To:     Jakub Kicinski <>
Cc:     Johannes Berg <>,,
        Marek Szyprowski <>,
        Kalle Valo <>,
        "David S. Miller" <>,,
        Amitkumar Karwar <>,
        Ganapathi Bhat <>,
        Xinming Hu <>,,
        Paolo Abeni <>
Subject: Re: [BUG] deadlock in nl80211_vendor_cmd

On 03/25/2022, Jakub Kicinski wrote:
> On Fri, 25 Mar 2022 23:57:33 +0000 William McVicker wrote:
> > Instead of open coding it, we could just pass the internal_flags via struct
> > genl_info to nl80211_vendor_cmds() and then handle the rtnl_unlock() there if
> > the vendor command doesn't request it. I included the patch below in case
> > there's any chance you would consider this for upstream. This would at least
> > add backwards compatibility to the vendor ops API so that existing drivers that
> > depend on the RTNL being held don't need to be fully refactored.
> Sorry to step in, Johannes may be AFK already. There's no asterisk next
> to the "we don't cater to out of tree code" rule, AFAIK.  We change
> locking often, making a precedent like this would be ill-advised.

Yeah I understand. I'll talk to Broadcom about this to see why they didn't use
the existing upstream NAN interface. This sounds like it's going to be
a problem for all the Android out-of-tree drivers.

Thanks for the help!


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