[PATCH net-next 2/5] net: Don't take rtnl_lock() in wireless_nlevent_flush()

Kirill Tkhai ktkhai at virtuozzo.com
Thu Mar 29 16:20:44 UTC 2018

This function iterates over net_namespace_list and flushes
the queue for every of them. What does this rtnl_lock()
protects?! Since we may add skbs to net::wext_nlevents
without rtnl_lock(), it does not protects us about queuers.

It guarantees, two threads can't flush the queue in parallel,
that can change the order, but since skb can be queued
in any order, it doesn't matter, how many threads do this
in parallel. In case of several threads, this will be even

So, we can remove rtnl_lock() here, as it was used for
iteration over net_namespace_list only.

Signed-off-by: Kirill Tkhai <ktkhai at virtuozzo.com>
 net/wireless/wext-core.c |    4 ----
 1 file changed, 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/net/wireless/wext-core.c b/net/wireless/wext-core.c
index 544d7b62d7ca..5e677dac2a0c 100644
--- a/net/wireless/wext-core.c
+++ b/net/wireless/wext-core.c
@@ -347,8 +347,6 @@ void wireless_nlevent_flush(void)
 	struct sk_buff *skb;
 	struct net *net;
 	for_each_net(net) {
 		while ((skb = skb_dequeue(&net->wext_nlevents)))
@@ -412,9 +410,7 @@ subsys_initcall(wireless_nlevent_init);
 /* Process events generated by the wireless layer or the driver. */
 static void wireless_nlevent_process(struct work_struct *work)
-	rtnl_lock();
-	rtnl_unlock();
 static DECLARE_WORK(wireless_nlevent_work, wireless_nlevent_process);

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