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Subject[patch 09/76] NET: Fix race in dev_close(). (Bug 9750)
-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let us know.

From: Matti Linnanvuori <>

Upstream commit: d8b2a4d21e0b37b9669b202867bfef19f68f786a

There is a race in Linux kernel file net/core/dev.c, function dev_close.
The function calls function dev_deactivate, which calls function
dev_watchdog_down that deletes the watchdog timer. However, after that, a
driver can call netif_carrier_ok, which calls function
__netdev_watchdog_up that can add the watchdog timer again. Function
unregister_netdevice calls function dev_shutdown that traps the bug
!timer_pending(&dev->watchdog_timer). Moving dev_deactivate after
netif_running() has been cleared prevents function netif_carrier_on
from calling __netdev_watchdog_up and adding the watchdog timer again.

Signed-off-by: Matti Linnanvuori <>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
Signed-off-by: Chris Wright <>

net/core/dev.c | 4 ++--
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

--- a/net/core/dev.c
+++ b/net/core/dev.c
@@ -1068,8 +1068,6 @@ int dev_close(struct net_device *dev)
call_netdevice_notifiers(NETDEV_GOING_DOWN, dev);

- dev_deactivate(dev);
clear_bit(__LINK_STATE_START, &dev->state);

/* Synchronize to scheduled poll. We cannot touch poll list,
@@ -1080,6 +1078,8 @@ int dev_close(struct net_device *dev)
smp_mb__after_clear_bit(); /* Commit netif_running(). */

+ dev_deactivate(dev);
* Call the device specific close. This cannot fail.
* Only if device is UP

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