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Subject[PATCH 2/3] net: xfrm: unexport __init-annotated xfrm4_protocol_init()
EXPORT_SYMBOL and __init is a bad combination because the .init.text
section is freed up after the initialization. Hence, modules cannot
use symbols annotated __init. The access to a freed symbol may end up
with kernel panic.

modpost used to detect it, but it has been broken for a decade.

Recently, I fixed modpost so it started to warn it again, then this
showed up in linux-next builds.

There are two ways to fix it:

- Remove __init

I chose the latter for this case because the only in-tree call-site,
net/ipv4/xfrm4_policy.c is never compiled as modular.
(CONFIG_XFRM is boolean)

Fixes: 2f32b51b609f ("xfrm: Introduce xfrm_input_afinfo to access the the callbacks properly")
Reported-by: Stephen Rothwell <>
Signed-off-by: Masahiro Yamada <>

net/ipv4/xfrm4_protocol.c | 1 -
1 file changed, 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/net/ipv4/xfrm4_protocol.c b/net/ipv4/xfrm4_protocol.c
index 2fe5860c21d6..b146ce88c5d0 100644
--- a/net/ipv4/xfrm4_protocol.c
+++ b/net/ipv4/xfrm4_protocol.c
@@ -304,4 +304,3 @@ void __init xfrm4_protocol_init(void)
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