netfilter: nf_tables: Allow set back-ends to report partial overlaps on insertion

Currently, the -EEXIST return code of ->insert() callbacks is ambiguous: it
might indicate that a given element (including intervals) already exists as
such, or that the new element would clash with existing ones.

If identical elements already exist, the front-end is ignoring this without
returning error, in case NLM_F_EXCL is not set. However, if the new element
can't be inserted due an overlap, we should report this to the user.

To this purpose, allow set back-ends to return -ENOTEMPTY on collision with
existing elements, translate that to -EEXIST, and return that to userspace,
no matter if NLM_F_EXCL was set.

Reported-by: Phil Sutter <>
Signed-off-by: Stefano Brivio <>
Signed-off-by: Pablo Neira Ayuso <>
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