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Subject[PATCH v2] net: usb: rtl8150: don't incorrectly assign random MAC addresses
In set_ethernet_addr(), if get_registers() succeeds, the ethernet address
that was read must be copied over. Otherwise, a random ethernet address
must be assigned.

get_registers() returns 0 if successful, and negative error number
otherwise. However, in set_ethernet_addr(), this return value is
incorrectly checked.

Since this return value will never be equal to sizeof(node_id), a
random MAC address will always be generated and assigned to the
device; even in cases when get_registers() is successful.

Correctly modifying the condition that checks if get_registers() was
successful or not fixes this problem, and copies the ethernet address

Fixes: f45a4248ea4c ("net: usb: rtl8150: set random MAC address when set_ethernet_addr() fails")
Signed-off-by: Anant Thazhemadam <>
Changes in v2:
* Fixed the format of the Fixes tag
* Modified the commit message to better describe the issue being

+CCing Stephen and linux-next, since the commit fixed isn't in the networking
tree, but is present in linux-next.

drivers/net/usb/rtl8150.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/usb/rtl8150.c b/drivers/net/usb/rtl8150.c
index f020401adf04..bf8a60533f3e 100644
--- a/drivers/net/usb/rtl8150.c
+++ b/drivers/net/usb/rtl8150.c
@@ -261,7 +261,7 @@ static void set_ethernet_addr(rtl8150_t *dev)

ret = get_registers(dev, IDR, sizeof(node_id), node_id);

- if (ret == sizeof(node_id)) {
+ if (!ret) {
ether_addr_copy(dev->netdev->dev_addr, node_id);
} else {
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