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Subject[PATCH iproute2 1/2] iplink: check for message truncation in iplink_get()
If message length exceeds maxlen argument of rtnl_talk(), it is truncated
to maxlen but unlike in the case of truncation to the length of local
buffer in rtnl_talk(), the caller doesn't get any indication of a problem.

In particular, iplink_get() passes the truncated message on and parsing it
results in various warnings and sometimes even a segfault (observed with
"ip link show dev ..." for a NIC with 125 VFs).

Handle message truncation in iplink_get() the same way as truncation in
rtnl_talk() would be handled: return an error.

Signed-off-by: Michal Kubecek <>
ip/iplink.c | 5 +++++
1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)

diff --git a/ip/iplink.c b/ip/iplink.c
index 5aff2fde38da..790e3a138bb0 100644
--- a/ip/iplink.c
+++ b/ip/iplink.c
@@ -1040,6 +1040,11 @@ int iplink_get(unsigned int flags, char *name, __u32 filt_mask)

if (rtnl_talk(&rth, &req.n, &answer.n, sizeof(answer)) < 0)
return -2;
+ if (answer.n.nlmsg_len > sizeof(answer.buf)) {
+ fprintf(stderr, "Message truncated from %u to %lu\n",
+ answer.n.nlmsg_len, sizeof(answer.buf));
+ return -2;
+ }

if (brief)
print_linkinfo_brief(NULL, &answer.n, stdout, NULL);
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