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Re: [Xen-devel] [[PATCH stable <3.12]] xen-netback: fix refcnt unbalance for 3.11 and earlier versions

On Thu, Nov 28, 2013 at 01:08:53PM +0000, Ian Campbell wrote:
> On Thu, 2013-11-28 at 12:48 +0000, Wei Liu wrote:
> > With the introduction of "xen-netback: Don't destroy the netdev until
> > the vif is shut down" (upstream commit id 279f438e36), vif disconnect
> > and free are separated. However in the backported verion reference
> > counting code was not correctly modified, and the reset of vif->tx_irq
> > was lost. If frontend goes through vif life cycle more than once the
> > reference counting is skewed.
> > 
> > This patch adds back the missing tx_irq reset line. It also moves
> > several lines of the reference counting code to vif_free, so the moved
> > code corresponds to the counterpart in vif_alloc, thus the reference
> > counting is balanced.
> Is this a requirement of the bugfix or just to make reasoning about
> things easier?

The latter.


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