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Date:   Mon, 28 Nov 2022 10:20:43 -0800
From:   Jakub Kicinski <>
To:     Jiri Pirko <>
Cc:     Ido Schimmel <>,
        Yang Yingliang <>,
        Leon Romanovsky <>,,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH net] net: devlink: fix UAF in

On Mon, 28 Nov 2022 10:58:58 +0100 Jiri Pirko wrote:
> >Long term, we either need to find a way to make the ethtool compat stuff
> >work correctly or just get rid of it and have affected drivers implement
> >the relevant ethtool operations instead of relying on devlink.
> >
> >[1]  
> I just had a call with Ido. We both think that this might be a good
> solution for -net to avoid the use after free.
> For net-next, we eventually should change driver init flows to register
> devlink instance first and only after that register devlink_port and
> related netdevice. The ordering is important for the userspace app. For
> example the init flow:
> <- RTnetlink new netdev event
> app sees devlink_port handle in IFLA_DEVLINK_PORT
> -> query devlink instance using this handle  
> The instance is not registered yet.
> So we need to make sure all devlink_port_register() calls are happening
> after devlink_register(). This is aligned with the original flow before
> devlink_register() was moved by Leon. Also it is aligned with devlink
> reload and devlink port split flows.

Cool. Do you also agree with doing proper refcounting for the devlink
instance struct and the liveness check after locking the instance?

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