netfilter: x_tables: Use correct memory barriers.

commit 175e476b8cdf2a4de7432583b49c871345e4f8a1 upstream.

When a new table value was assigned, it was followed by a write memory
barrier. This ensured that all writes before this point would complete
before any writes after this point. However, to determine whether the
rules are unused, the sequence counter is read. To ensure that all
writes have been done before these reads, a full memory barrier is
needed, not just a write memory barrier. The same argument applies when
incrementing the counter, before the rules are read.

Changing to using smp_mb() instead of smp_wmb() fixes the kernel panic
reported in cc00bcaa5899 (which is still present), while still
maintaining the same speed of replacing tables.

The smb_mb() barriers potentially slow the packet path, however testing
has shown no measurable change in performance on a 4-core MIPS64

Fixes: 7f5c6d4f665b ("netfilter: get rid of atomic ops in fast path")
Signed-off-by: Mark Tomlinson <>
Signed-off-by: Pablo Neira Ayuso <>
[Ported to stable, affected barrier is added by d3d40f237480abf3268956daf18cdc56edd32834 in mainline]
Signed-off-by: Pavel Machek (CIP) <>
Signed-off-by: Nobuhiro Iwamatsu (CIP) <>
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