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Subject[PATCH] openvswitch: meter: fix NULL pointer dereference in ovs_meter_cmd_reply_start
It seems that the intention of the code is to null check the value
returned by function genlmsg_put. But the current code is null
checking the address of the pointer that holds the value returned
by genlmsg_put.

Fix this by properly null checking the value returned by function
genlmsg_put in order to avoid a pontential null pointer dereference.

Addresses-Coverity-ID: 1461561 ("Dereference before null check")
Addresses-Coverity-ID: 1461562 ("Dereference null return value")
Fixes: 96fbc13d7e77 ("openvswitch: Add meter infrastructure")
Signed-off-by: Gustavo A. R. Silva <>
net/openvswitch/meter.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/net/openvswitch/meter.c b/net/openvswitch/meter.c
index 2a5ba35..bc0b6fc 100644
--- a/net/openvswitch/meter.c
+++ b/net/openvswitch/meter.c
@@ -106,7 +106,7 @@ ovs_meter_cmd_reply_start(struct genl_info *info, u8 cmd,
*ovs_reply_header = genlmsg_put(skb, info->snd_portid,
&dp_meter_genl_family, 0, cmd);
- if (!ovs_reply_header) {
+ if (!*ovs_reply_header) {
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