bonding: fix event handling for stacked bonds [Linux 5.1]

bonding: fix event handling for stacked bonds [Linux 5.1]

This Linux kernel change "bonding: fix event handling for stacked bonds" is included in the Linux 5.1 release. This change is authored by Sabrina Dubroca <sd [at]> on Fri Apr 12 15:04:10 2019 +0200. The commit for this change in Linux stable tree is 92480b3 (patch).

bonding: fix event handling for stacked bonds

When a bond is enslaved to another bond, bond_netdev_event() only
handles the event as if the bond is a master, and skips treating the
bond as a slave.

This leads to a refcount leak on the slave, since we don't remove the
adjacency to its master and the master holds a reference on the slave.

  ip link add bondL type bond
  ip link add bondU type bond
  ip link set bondL master bondU
  ip link del bondL

No "Fixes:" tag, this code is older than git history.

Signed-off-by: Sabrina Dubroca <>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <>

There are 6 lines of Linux source code added/deleted in this change. Code changes to Linux kernel are as follows.

 drivers/net/bonding/bond_main.c | 6 +++++-
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/bonding/bond_main.c b/drivers/net/bonding/bond_main.c
index b59708c..ee61072 100644
--- a/drivers/net/bonding/bond_main.c
+++ b/drivers/net/bonding/bond_main.c
@@ -3213,8 +3213,12 @@ static int bond_netdev_event(struct notifier_block *this,
        return NOTIFY_DONE;

    if (event_dev->flags & IFF_MASTER) {
+       int ret;
        netdev_dbg(event_dev, "IFF_MASTER\n");
-       return bond_master_netdev_event(event, event_dev);
+       ret = bond_master_netdev_event(event, event_dev);
+       if (ret != NOTIFY_DONE)
+           return ret;

    if (event_dev->flags & IFF_SLAVE) {

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