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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] netpoll: Fix extra refcount release in netpoll_cleanup()
From: Bjorn Helgaas <>
Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2016 21:56:21 -0500

> netpoll_setup() does a dev_hold() on np->dev, the netpoll device. If it
> fails, it correctly does a dev_put() but leaves np->dev set. If we call
> netpoll_cleanup() after the failure, np->dev is still set so we do another
> dev_put(), which decrements the refcount an extra time.
> It's questionable to call netpoll_cleanup() after netpoll_setup() fails,
> but it can be difficult to find the problem, and we can easily avoid it in
> this case. The extra decrements can lead to hangs like this:
> unregister_netdevice: waiting for bond0 to become free. Usage count = -3
> Set and clear np->dev at the points where we dev_hold() and dev_put() the
> device.
> Signed-off-by: Bjorn Helgaas <>

Looks good, applied and queued up for -stable.

But you probably do want to look into the stacked device issue
Neil pointed out.


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