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SubjectHotplug race on name change
> Without that patch, there is a race when registering network interfaces
> and renaming it with udev rules, because initially the "address" in
> sysfs doesn't contain useful data. See
> Breaking the recommended way of assigning persistent network interface
> names is, IMHO, a bug serious enough to be fixed in -stable.
> Signed-off-by: Alexander E. Patrakov <>
> ---
> --- linux-
> +++ linux-
> @@ -2932,11 +2932,11 @@
> switch(dev->reg_state) {
> + dev->reg_state = NETREG_REGISTERED;
> err = netdev_register_sysfs(dev);
> if (err)
> printk(KERN_ERR "%s: failed sysfs registration (%d)\n",
> dev->name, err);
> - dev->reg_state = NETREG_REGISTERED;
> break;

Introduces new races in netdev_register_sysfs if the name changes, because
netdev_register_sysfs runs without RTNL at this point. So if some application gets
in and changes the device name while netdev_register_sysfs is running, then
the class_dev->class_id would end up not matching the netdevice->name.

Not a big issue since, hotplug doesn't get run until the device is registered.
Ideally, it would be possible to create the groups in the class device before it
was registered. It won't work with existing class device interface.

I am working on a patch to extend class_device to allow the creation of groups
to be atomic (like the attributes are).
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