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Subject[PATCH 3.16 001/202] batman-adv: Avoid WARN on net_device without parent in netns
3.16.66-rc1 review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Sven Eckelmann <>

commit 955d3411a17f590364238bd0d3329b61f20c1cd2 upstream.

It is not allowed to use WARN* helpers on potential incorrect input from
the user or transient problems because systems configured as panic_on_warn
will reboot due to such a problem.

A NULL return value of __dev_get_by_index can be caused by various problems
which can either be related to the system configuration or problems
(incorrectly returned network namespaces) in other (virtual) net_device
drivers. batman-adv should not cause a (harmful) WARN in this situation and
instead only report it via a simple message.

Fixes: b7eddd0b3950 ("batman-adv: prevent using any virtual device created on batman-adv as hard-interface")
Reported-by: Dmitry Vyukov <>
Signed-off-by: Sven Eckelmann <>
Signed-off-by: Simon Wunderlich <>
[bwh: Backported to 3.16: adjust context]
Signed-off-by: Ben Hutchings <>
--- a/net/batman-adv/hard-interface.c
+++ b/net/batman-adv/hard-interface.c
@@ -89,8 +89,10 @@ static bool batadv_is_on_batman_iface(co
/* recurse over the parent device */
parent_dev = __dev_get_by_index(&init_net, net_dev->iflink);
/* if we got a NULL parent_dev there is something broken.. */
- if (WARN(!parent_dev, "Cannot find parent device"))
+ if (!parent_dev) {
+ pr_err("Cannot find parent device\n");
return false;
+ }

ret = batadv_is_on_batman_iface(parent_dev);

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