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Date:   Wed, 10 Aug 2022 00:05:32 +0200
From:   Pablo Neira Ayuso <>
Subject: [PATCH net 8/8] netfilter: nf_tables: fix null deref due to zeroed list head

From: Florian Westphal <>

In nf_tables_updtable, if nf_tables_table_enable returns an error,
nft_trans_destroy is called to free the transaction object.

nft_trans_destroy() calls list_del(), but the transaction was never
placed on a list -- the list head is all zeroes, this results in
a null dereference:

BUG: KASAN: null-ptr-deref in nft_trans_destroy+0x26/0x59
Call Trace:

Its sane to assume that nft_trans_destroy() can be called
on the transaction object returned by nft_trans_alloc(), so
make sure the list head is initialised.

Fixes: 55dd6f93076b ("netfilter: nf_tables: use new transaction infrastructure to handle table")
Reported-by: mingi cho <>
Signed-off-by: Florian Westphal <>
Signed-off-by: Pablo Neira Ayuso <>
 net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c | 1 +
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)

diff --git a/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c b/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c
index 460b0925ea60..3cc88998b879 100644
--- a/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c
+++ b/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c
@@ -153,6 +153,7 @@ static struct nft_trans *nft_trans_alloc_gfp(const struct nft_ctx *ctx,
 	if (trans == NULL)
 		return NULL;
+	INIT_LIST_HEAD(&trans->list);
 	trans->msg_type = msg_type;
 	trans->ctx	= *ctx;

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