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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 net-next 07/11] net: prep switchdev drivers for concurrent SWITCHDEV_ATTR_ID_PORT_BRIDGE_FLAGS
From: Vladimir Oltean <>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2021 11:14:41 +0200

> From: Vladimir Oltean <>
> Because the bridge will start offloading SWITCHDEV_ATTR_ID_PORT_BRIDGE_FLAGS
> while not serialized by any lock such as the br->lock spinlock, existing
> drivers that treat that attribute and cache the brport flags might no
> longer work correctly.
> The issue is that the brport flags are a single unsigned long bitmask,
> and the bridge only guarantees the validity of the changed bits, not the
> full state. So when offloading two concurrent switchdev attributes, such
> as one for BR_LEARNING and another for BR_FLOOD, it might happen that
> the flags having BR_FLOOD are written into the cached value, and this in
> turn disables the BR_LEARNING bit which was set previously.
> We can fix this across the board by keeping individual boolean variables
> for each brport flag. Note that mlxsw and prestera were setting the
> BR_LEARNING_SYNC flag too, but that appears to be just dead code, so I
> removed it.
> Signed-off-by: Vladimir Oltean <>

This needs updating because, as discussed, there is no race.

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