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SubjectRe: [PATCH net RESEND] vlan: don't allow to add VLAN on VLAN device
On 2014/3/5 8:10, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> On Thu, 2014-02-27 at 19:45 -0800, John Fastabend wrote:
>> On 2/27/2014 6:43 PM, Ding Tianhong wrote:
>>> I run these steps:
>>> modprobe 8021q
>>> vconfig add eth2 20
>>> vconfig add eth2.20 20
>>> ifconfig eth2 xx.xx.xx.xx
>>> then the Call Trace happened:
>> [...]
>>> ========================================================================
>>> The reason is that if add vlan on vlan dev, the vlan dev will create vlan_info,
>>> then the notification will let the real dev to run dev_set_rx_mode() and hold
>>> netif_addr_lock, and then the real dev will call ndo_set_rx_mode(), if the real
>>> dev is vlan dev, the ndo_set_rx_mode() will hold netif_addr_lock again, so deadlock
>>> happened.
>>> Don't allow to add vlan on vlan dev to fix this problem.
>>> Signed-off-by: Ding Tianhong <>
>>> ---
>> I'm not sure we can just disable stacked vlans. There might be something
>> using them today and they have worked in the past. Lets try to find a
>> better fix.
> I don't think there's any deadlock possible here. We try to acquire the
> addr_list_lock for eth2.20, then the addr_list_lock for eth2. We never
> try to acquire them in the opposite order. The fix would involve
> telling lockdep about lock ordering between stacked net_devices (I have
> no idea how that's done).
> Ben.

Yep, it is a warning when the lockdep is open, I review the code again, and the deadlock would not happen,
just the same class of locks twice, so I think it is not a bugfix, just like a optimization.


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