virtio_net: Fix probe failed when modprobe virtio_net

When doing the following test steps, an error was found:
  step 1: modprobe virtio_net succeeded
    # modprobe virtio_net        <-- OK

  step 2: fault injection in register_netdevice()
    # modprobe -r virtio_net     <-- OK
    # ...
      FAULT_INJECTION: forcing a failure.
      name failslab, interval 1, probability 0, space 0, times 0
      CPU: 0 PID: 3521 Comm: modprobe
      Hardware name: QEMU Standard PC (i440FX + PIIX, 1996),
      Call Trace:
       virtnet_probe+0x1d72/0x2658 [virtio_net]
      virtio_net: probe of virtio0 failed with error -22

  step 3: modprobe virtio_net failed
    # modprobe virtio_net        <-- failed
      virtio_net: probe of virtio0 failed with error -2

The root cause of the problem is that the queues are not
disable on the error handling path when register_netdevice()
fails in virtnet_probe(), resulting in an error "-ENOENT"
returned in the next modprobe call in setup_vq().

virtio_pci_modern_device uses virtqueues to send or
receive message, and "queue_enable" records whether the
queues are available. In vp_modern_find_vqs(), all queues
will be selected and activated, but once queues are enabled
there is no way to go back except reset.

Fix it by reset virtio device on error handling path. This
makes error handling follow the same order as normal device
cleanup in virtnet_remove() which does: unregister, destroy
failover, then reset. And that flow is better tested than
error handling so we can be reasonably sure it works well.

Fixes: 024655555021 ("virtio_net: fix use after free on allocation failure")
Signed-off-by: Li Zetao <>
Acked-by: Michael S. Tsirkin <>
Signed-off-by: Paolo Abeni <>
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