[PATCH net 2/6] netfilter: nf_tables: release mutex after nft_gc_seq_end from abort path

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The commit mutex should not be released during the critical section
between nft_gc_seq_begin() and nft_gc_seq_end(), otherwise, async GC
worker could collect expired objects and get the released commit lock
within the same GC sequence.

nf_tables_module_autoload() temporarily releases the mutex to load
module dependencies, then it goes back to replay the transaction again.
Move it at the end of the abort phase after nft_gc_seq_end() is called.

Cc: stable@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Fixes: 720344340fb9 ("netfilter: nf_tables: GC transaction race with abort path")
Reported-by: Kuan-Ting Chen <hexrabbit@xxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Pablo Neira Ayuso <pablo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
 net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c | 13 ++++++++-----
 1 file changed, 8 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c b/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c
index ffcd3213c335..0d432d0674e1 100644
--- a/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c
+++ b/net/netfilter/nf_tables_api.c
@@ -10651,11 +10651,6 @@ static int __nf_tables_abort(struct net *net, enum nfnl_abort_action action)
-	if (action == NFNL_ABORT_AUTOLOAD)
-		nf_tables_module_autoload(net);
-	else
-		nf_tables_module_autoload_cleanup(net);
 	return err;
@@ -10672,6 +10667,14 @@ static int nf_tables_abort(struct net *net, struct sk_buff *skb,
+	/* module autoload needs to happen after GC sequence update because it
+	 * temporarily releases and grabs mutex again.
+	 */
+	if (action == NFNL_ABORT_AUTOLOAD)
+		nf_tables_module_autoload(net);
+	else
+		nf_tables_module_autoload_cleanup(net);
 	return ret;

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