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Date: Sun, 8 Oct 2023 21:16:40 -0600
From: David Ahern <>
To: Willy Tarreau <>, Stephen Hemminger <>
Subject: Re: Race Condition Vulnerability in atalk_bind of appletalk module
 leading to UAF

On 10/7/23 10:42 AM, Willy Tarreau wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 07, 2023 at 08:57:35AM -0700, Stephen Hemminger wrote:
>> On Sat, 7 Oct 2023 08:35:12 +0200
>> Willy Tarreau <> wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> Sili Luo of Huawei sent this to the security list. Eric and I think it
>>> does not deserve special handling from the security team and will be
>>> better addressed here.
>>> Regards,
>>> Willy
>>> PS: there are 6 reports for atalk in this series.
>> Maybe time has come to kill Appletalk like DecNet was removed?


> This long painful series could definitely be the best argument for this,
> as I doubt anyone still relies on it so much that they're willing to
> invest several hours to fix this mess!

and if that were to happen, whoever it is can always start with a revert
of the removal patch and then fix known problems to get it added back to
the code base.

Seems like the right thing to do is remove it.

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