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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] livepatch: Fix leak on klp_init_patch_early failure path
Petr Mladek <pmladek@suse.com> wrote on Wed [2021-Dec-15 11:06:15 +0100]:
> Well, I still believe that this is just a cargo cult. And I would prefer
> to finish the discussion about it, first, see
> https://lore.kernel.org/all/YbmlL0ZyfSuek9OB@alley/

No problem, I won't send out v3 until we've finished the discussion and
have consensus. I'll assume that the discussion on whether or not there is
a leak will continue on the thread you linked to above, so I won't comment
on it here.

> Note that klp_init_*_early() functions iterate through the arrays
> using klp_for_each_*_static. While klp_free_*() functions iterate
> via the lists using klp_for_each_*_safe().

Correct, as I've understood it, klp_for_each_*_safe() should only iterate
over the objects that have been added to the patch and klp_object's lists,
and thus for which kobject_init() has been invoked. So if we fail a check
on 'struct klp_object' N, then we'll only iterate over the first N - 1
objects in klp_for_each_*_safe().

> We should not need the pre-early-init check when the lists include only
> structures with initialized kobjects.

Not sure I quite follow. We have to do NULL checks for obj->funcs at some
point, and per Josh's suggestion it seems cleaner to do it outside the
critical section, and before we actually invoke kobject_init(). Apologies
if I've misunderstood your point.

> Otherwise, I like the idea to do module_get() before
> klp_init_patch_early(). I was never happy with the "hidden"
> side effect.

Ack!

> I am also fine with calling klp_free() when the early init fails
> if we agreed that it is a good practice. I just do want to pretend
> that it fixes a leak what nobody sees any leak.
>
> Please, wait few days until the discussion finishes before sending v3.

Ack, no problem, I'll wait until we're all in alignment. Thanks, Petr and
Josh for taking a look at the patch.

Regards,
David

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