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Subject[PATCH] tty: serial_core: Fix uart_state refcnt leak when the port startup
uart_port_startup() invokes uart_port_lock(), which returns a reference
of the uart_port object if increases the refcount of the uart_state
object successfully or returns NULL if fails.

However, uart_port_startup() don't take the return value of
uart_port_lock() as the new uart_port object to "uport" and use the old
"uport" instead to balance refcount in uart_port_unlock(), which may
cause a redundant decrement of refcount occurred when the new "uport"
equals to NULL and then cause a potential memory leak.

Fix this issue by update the "uport" object to the return value of
uart_port_lock() when invoking uart_port_lock().

Signed-off-by: Xiyu Yang <>
Signed-off-by: Xin Tan <>
drivers/tty/serial/serial_core.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/tty/serial/serial_core.c b/drivers/tty/serial/serial_core.c
index 57840cf90388..968fd619aec0 100644
--- a/drivers/tty/serial/serial_core.c
+++ b/drivers/tty/serial/serial_core.c
@@ -205,7 +205,7 @@ static int uart_port_startup(struct tty_struct *tty, struct uart_state *state,
if (!page)
return -ENOMEM;

- uart_port_lock(state, flags);
+ uport = uart_port_lock(state, flags);
if (!state->xmit.buf) {
state->xmit.buf = (unsigned char *) page;
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