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Subject[PATCH net-next 1/3] net: phy: phylink: ensure the carrier is off when starting phylink
Phylink made an assumption about the carrier state being down when
calling phylink_start(). If this assumption isn't satisfied, the
internal phylink state could misbehave and a net device could end up not
being functional.

This patch fixes this by explicitly calling netif_carrier_off() in

Signed-off-by: Antoine Tenart <>
drivers/net/phy/phylink.c | 3 +++
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)

diff --git a/drivers/net/phy/phylink.c b/drivers/net/phy/phylink.c
index 3ba5cf2a8a5f..1d01e0c625a5 100644
--- a/drivers/net/phy/phylink.c
+++ b/drivers/net/phy/phylink.c
@@ -901,6 +901,9 @@ void phylink_start(struct phylink *pl)

+ /* Always set the carrier off */
+ netif_carrier_off(pl->netdev);
/* Apply the link configuration to the MAC when starting. This allows
* a fixed-link to start with the correct parameters, and also
* ensures that we set the appropriate advertisement for Serdes links.
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