These pernet operations consist of exit() and exit_batch() methods.

default_device_exit() moves not-local and virtual devices to init_net.
There is nothing exciting, because this may happen in any time
on a working system, and rtnl_lock() and synchronize_net() protect
us from all cases of external dereference.

The same for default_device_exit_batch(). Similar unregisteration
may happen in any time on a system. Here several lists (like todo_list),
which are accessed under rtnl_lock(). After rtnl_unlock() and
netdev_run_todo() all the devices are flushed.

Signed-off-by: Kirill Tkhai <>
Acked-by: Andrei Vagin <>
 net/core/dev.c |    1 +
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)

diff --git a/net/core/dev.c b/net/core/dev.c
index dc7506f00a66..df5241c8eda1 100644
--- a/net/core/dev.c
+++ b/net/core/dev.c
@@ -8934,6 +8934,7 @@ static void __net_exit default_device_exit_batch(struct 
list_head *net_list)
 static struct pernet_operations __net_initdata default_device_ops = {
        .exit = default_device_exit,
        .exit_batch = default_device_exit_batch,
+       .async = true,

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