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Subject[PATCH 3.16 046/157] batman-adv: Reduce tt_local hash refcnt only for removed entry
3.16.72-rc1 review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Sven Eckelmann <>

commit 3d65b9accab4a7ed5038f6df403fbd5e298398c7 upstream.

The batadv_hash_remove is a function which searches the hashtable for an
entry using a needle, a hashtable bucket selection function and a compare
function. It will lock the bucket list and delete an entry when the compare
function matches it with the needle. It returns the pointer to the
hlist_node which matches or NULL when no entry matches the needle.

The batadv_tt_local_remove is not itself protected in anyway to avoid that
any other function is modifying the hashtable between the search for the
entry and the call to batadv_hash_remove. It can therefore happen that the
entry either doesn't exist anymore or an entry was deleted which is not the
same object as the needle. In such an situation, the reference counter (for
the reference stored in the hashtable) must not be reduced for the needle.
Instead the reference counter of the actually removed entry has to be

Otherwise the reference counter will underflow and the object might be
freed before all its references were dropped. The kref helpers reported
this problem as:

refcount_t: underflow; use-after-free.

Fixes: ef72706a0543 ("batman-adv: protect tt_local_entry from concurrent delete events")
Signed-off-by: Sven Eckelmann <>
Signed-off-by: Simon Wunderlich <>
[bwh: Backported to 3.16: adjust context]
Signed-off-by: Ben Hutchings <>
net/batman-adv/translation-table.c | 14 +++++++++-----
1 file changed, 9 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

--- a/net/batman-adv/translation-table.c
+++ b/net/batman-adv/translation-table.c
@@ -1021,9 +1021,10 @@ uint16_t batadv_tt_local_remove(struct b
const uint8_t *addr, unsigned short vid,
const char *message, bool roaming)
+ struct batadv_tt_local_entry *tt_removed_entry;
struct batadv_tt_local_entry *tt_local_entry;
uint16_t flags, curr_flags = BATADV_NO_FLAGS;
- void *tt_entry_exists;
+ struct hlist_node *tt_removed_node;

tt_local_entry = batadv_tt_local_hash_find(bat_priv, addr, vid);
if (!tt_local_entry)
@@ -1052,15 +1053,18 @@ uint16_t batadv_tt_local_remove(struct b
batadv_tt_local_event(bat_priv, tt_local_entry, BATADV_TT_CLIENT_DEL);

- tt_entry_exists = batadv_hash_remove(bat_priv->tt.local_hash,
+ tt_removed_node = batadv_hash_remove(bat_priv->tt.local_hash,
- if (!tt_entry_exists)
+ if (!tt_removed_node)
goto out;

- /* extra call to free the local tt entry */
- batadv_tt_local_entry_free_ref(tt_local_entry);
+ /* drop reference of remove hash entry */
+ tt_removed_entry = hlist_entry(tt_removed_node,
+ struct batadv_tt_local_entry,
+ common.hash_entry);
+ batadv_tt_local_entry_free_ref(tt_removed_entry);

if (tt_local_entry)
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