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SubjectRe: Bug in net/ipv6/ip6_fib.c:fib6_dump_table()
From: Eric Dumazet <>

> 1) Patrick McHardy has been inactive for a while, so do not expect
> any insight from him.
> 2) Ben Greear isn't even on the CC: list of this discussion yet he
> appears to be the person who reproduced the crash way back then
> and is listed in the Tested-by tag of the commit.
> As a result we aren't likely to get any insight from the one person
> who actually could hit the crash.
> I'm inclined to just revert simply because we have people active who
> can reproduce regressions introduced by this change and nobody can
> understand why the change is even necessary.

Well, except that :

I spent 3 hours trying to understand Alexey code and failed.

All other /proc/net files don't have a such sophisticated walkers aware
mechanism (easily DOSable by the way, if some guy opens 10.000 handles
and suspend in the middle the dumps).

cat /proc/net/tcp for example can display same socket twice or miss a
socket, because a 'suspend/restart' remembers offsets/counts in a hash
chain, not a pointer to 'next socket'

The fix I submitted is a real one, based on my analysis and tests.

Patrick patch was restarting the dump at the root of the tree, and
setting skip = count was doing nothing at all, since all entries were
dumped again.

This is more a stable candidate fix.

If someones smarter than me can find the real bug, then we certainly can
revert Patrick patch ?

[PATCH] ipv6: fib: fix fib dump restart

Commit 2bec5a369ee79576a3 (ipv6: fib: fix crash when changing large fib
while dumping it) introduced ability to restart the dump at tree root,
but failed to skip correctly a count of already dumped entries. Code
didn't match Patrick intent.

We must skip exactly the number of already dumped entries.

Note that like other /proc/net files or netlink producers, we could
still dump some duplicates entries.

Reported-by: Debabrata Banerjee <>
Reported-by: Josh Hunt <>
Signed-off-by: Eric Dumazet <>
Cc: Patrick McHardy <>
Cc: Ben Greear <>
Cc: Alexey Kuznetsov <>
net/ipv6/ip6_fib.c | 4 ++--
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/net/ipv6/ip6_fib.c b/net/ipv6/ip6_fib.c
index 74c21b9..6083276 100644
--- a/net/ipv6/ip6_fib.c
+++ b/net/ipv6/ip6_fib.c
@@ -1349,8 +1349,8 @@ static int fib6_walk_continue(struct fib6_walker_t *w)
if (w->leaf && fn->fn_flags & RTN_RTINFO) {
int err;

- if (w->count < w->skip) {
- w->count++;
+ if (w->skip) {
+ w->skip--;

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