net: bridge: remove redundant checks for null p->dev and p->br

A recent change added a null check on p->dev after p->dev was being
dereferenced by the ns_capable check on p->dev. It turns out that
neither the p->dev and p->br null checks are necessary, and can be
removed, which cleans up a static analyis warning.

As Nikolay Aleksandrov noted, these checks can be removed because:

"My reasoning of why it shouldn't be possible:
- On port add new_nbp() sets both p->dev and p->br before creating

- On port del (trickier) del_nbp() calls kobject_del() before call_rcu()
  to destroy the port which in turn calls sysfs_remove_dir() which uses
  kernfs_remove() which deactivates (shouldn't be able to open new
  files) and calls kernfs_drain() to drain current open/mmaped files in
  the respective dir before continuing, thus making it impossible to
  open a bridge port sysfs file with p->dev and p->br equal to NULL.

So I think it's safe to remove those checks altogether. It'd be nice to
get a second look over my reasoning as I might be missing something in
sysfs/kernfs call path."

Thanks to Nikolay Aleksandrov's suggestion to remove the check and
David Miller for sanity checking this.

Detected by CoverityScan, CID#751490 ("Dereference before null check")

Fixes: a5f3ea54f3cc ("net: bridge: add support for raw sysfs port options")
Signed-off-by: Colin Ian King <>
Acked-by: Nikolay Aleksandrov <>
Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <>
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