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Subject[PATCH] staging: rtl8188eu: fix possible null dereference
Inside a nested 'else' block at the beginning of this function is a
call that assigns 'psta' to the return value of 'rtw_get_stainfo()'.
If 'rtw_get_stainfo()' returns NULL and the flow of control reaches
the 'else if' where 'psta' is dereferenced, then we will dereference
a NULL pointer.

Fix this by checking if 'psta' is not NULL before reading its
'psta->qos_option' data member.

Addresses-Coverity: ("Dereference null return value")

Signed-off-by: Connor Kuehl <>
drivers/staging/rtl8188eu/core/rtw_xmit.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/staging/rtl8188eu/core/rtw_xmit.c b/drivers/staging/rtl8188eu/core/rtw_xmit.c
index 952f2ab51347..bf8877cbe9b6 100644
--- a/drivers/staging/rtl8188eu/core/rtw_xmit.c
+++ b/drivers/staging/rtl8188eu/core/rtw_xmit.c
@@ -784,7 +784,7 @@ s32 rtw_make_wlanhdr(struct adapter *padapter, u8 *hdr, struct pkt_attrib *pattr
memcpy(pwlanhdr->addr2, pattrib->src, ETH_ALEN);
memcpy(pwlanhdr->addr3, get_bssid(pmlmepriv), ETH_ALEN);

- if (psta->qos_option)
+ if (psta && psta->qos_option)
qos_option = true;
} else {
RT_TRACE(_module_rtl871x_xmit_c_, _drv_err_, ("fw_state:%x is not allowed to xmit frame\n", get_fwstate(pmlmepriv)));
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