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Subject[PATCH] staging: rtl8192u: fix a null pointer dereference on a null dev pointer
From: Colin Ian King <>

There is an earlier null check on pointer dev which implies it may be null,
however the assignment of pointer pref and the call to free_ieee82011 on
a null dev can cause null pointer dereference errors. Fix this by moving
the assignment of priv and the the call to free_ieee80211 into the block of
code that performs the null dev sanity check.

Detected by CoverityScan, CID#143078 ("Dereference after null check")

Fixes: 8fc8598e61f6 ("Staging: Added Realtek rtl8192u driver to staging")
Signed-off-by: Colin Ian King <>
drivers/staging/rtl8192u/r8192U_core.c | 5 +++--
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/staging/rtl8192u/r8192U_core.c b/drivers/staging/rtl8192u/r8192U_core.c
index 0ac0bbf7d923..4741a29326ea 100644
--- a/drivers/staging/rtl8192u/r8192U_core.c
+++ b/drivers/staging/rtl8192u/r8192U_core.c
@@ -4955,9 +4955,10 @@ static void rtl8192_cancel_deferred_work(struct r8192_priv *priv)
static void rtl8192_usb_disconnect(struct usb_interface *intf)
struct net_device *dev = usb_get_intfdata(intf);
- struct r8192_priv *priv = ieee80211_priv(dev);

if (dev) {
+ struct r8192_priv *priv = ieee80211_priv(dev);

@@ -4969,8 +4970,8 @@ static void rtl8192_usb_disconnect(struct usb_interface *intf)
priv->pFirmware = NULL;
usleep_range(10000, 11000);
+ free_ieee80211(dev);
- free_ieee80211(dev);
RT_TRACE(COMP_DOWN, "wlan driver removed\n");

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