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SubjectRe: Linux-2.4.0-test10
Andi Kleen wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 31, 2000 at 08:55:13PM +0000, Alan Cox wrote:
> > What about the fact anyone can crash a box using ioctls on net
> > devices and waiting for an unload - was this fixed ?

> The ioctls of network devices are generally unsafe on SMP, because
> they run with kernel lock dropped now but are mostly not safe to do so.

Wrong. The BLK is dropped in sock_ioctl, but struct netdevice::do_ioctl
is called with rtnl_lock held:

ret = dev_ifsioc(&ifr, cmd);

Therefore for 2.4.x, our concern is whether a particular net driver
needs further SMP protection internally, or if rtnl_lock (a semaphore,
not a spinlock) is sufficient.


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