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Subject[PATCH 4.19 047/152] netfilter: nf_tables: fix leaking object reference count
4.19-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


[ Upstream commit b91d9036883793122cf6575ca4dfbfbdd201a83d ]

There is no code that decreases the reference count of stateful objects
in error path of the nft_add_set_elem(). this causes a leak of reference
count of stateful objects.

Test commands:
$nft add table ip filter
$nft add counter ip filter c1
$nft add map ip filter m1 { type ipv4_addr : counter \;}
$nft add element ip filter m1 { 1 : c1 }
$nft add element ip filter m1 { 1 : c1 }
$nft delete element ip filter m1 { 1 }
$nft delete counter ip filter c1

Error: Could not process rule: Device or resource busy
delete counter ip filter c1

At the second 'nft add element ip filter m1 { 1 : c1 }', the reference
count of the 'c1' is increased then it tries to insert into the 'm1'. but
the 'm1' already has same element so it returns -EEXIST.
But it doesn't decrease the reference count of the 'c1' in the error path.
Due to a leak of the reference count of the 'c1', the 'c1' can't be
removed by 'nft delete counter ip filter c1'.

Fixes: 8aeff920dcc9 ("netfilter: nf_tables: add stateful object reference to set elements")
Signed-off-by: Taehee Yoo <>
Signed-off-by: Pablo Neira Ayuso <>
Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <>
net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c | 2 ++
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)

diff --git a/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c b/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c
index ed9af46720e14..38654730230b2 100644
--- a/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c
+++ b/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c
@@ -4439,6 +4439,8 @@ static int nft_add_set_elem(struct nft_ctx *ctx, struct nft_set *set,
+ if (obj)
+ obj->use--;

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