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Subject[PATCH 5.1 060/138] mac80211: only warn once on chanctx_conf being NULL
[ Upstream commit 563572340173865a9a356e6bb02579e6998a876d ]

In multiple SSID cases, it takes time to prepare every AP interface
to be ready in initializing phase. If a sta already knows everything it
needs to join one of the APs and sends authentication to the AP which
is not fully prepared at this point of time, AP's channel context
could be NULL. As a result, warning message occurs.

Even worse, if the AP is under attack via tools such as MDK3 and massive
authentication requests are received in a very short time, console will
be hung due to kernel warning messages.

WARN_ON_ONCE() could be a better way for indicating warning messages
without duplicate messages to flood the console.

Johannes: We still need to address the underlying problem, but we
don't really have a good handle on it yet. Suppress the
worst side-effects for now.

Signed-off-by: Zhi Chen <>
Signed-off-by: Yibo Zhao <>
[johannes: add note, change subject]
Signed-off-by: Johannes Berg <>
Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <>
net/mac80211/ieee80211_i.h | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/net/mac80211/ieee80211_i.h b/net/mac80211/ieee80211_i.h
index c875d45f1e1d..4118704cb0e7 100644
--- a/net/mac80211/ieee80211_i.h
+++ b/net/mac80211/ieee80211_i.h
@@ -1434,7 +1434,7 @@ ieee80211_get_sband(struct ieee80211_sub_if_data *sdata)
chanctx_conf = rcu_dereference(sdata->vif.chanctx_conf);

- if (WARN_ON(!chanctx_conf)) {
+ if (WARN_ON_ONCE(!chanctx_conf)) {
return NULL;

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