nfc: replace improper check device_is_registered() in netlink related functions

The device_is_registered() in nfc core is used to check whether
nfc device is registered in netlink related functions such as
nfc_fw_download(), nfc_dev_up() and so on. Although device_is_registered()
is protected by device_lock, there is still a race condition between
device_del() and device_is_registered(). The root cause is that
kobject_del() in device_del() is not protected by device_lock.

   (cleanup task)         |     (netlink task)
nfc_unregister_device     | nfc_fw_download
 device_del               |  device_lock
  ...                     |   if (!device_is_registered)//(1)
  kobject_del//(2)        |   ...
 ...                      |  device_unlock

The device_is_registered() returns the value of state_in_sysfs and
the state_in_sysfs is set to zero in kobject_del(). If we pass check in
position (1), then set zero in position (2). As a result, the check
in position (1) is useless.

This patch uses bool variable instead of device_is_registered() to judge
whether the nfc device is registered, which is well synchronized.

Fixes: 3e256b8f8dfa ("NFC: add nfc subsystem core")
Signed-off-by: Duoming Zhou <>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <>
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