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SubjectRe: [PATCH] net: atlantic: fix potential memory leak in aq_ndev_close()
Jianglei Nie <> :
> If aq_nic_stop() fails, aq_ndev_close() returns err without calling
> aq_nic_deinit() to release the relevant memory and resource, which
> will lead to a memory leak.
> We can fix it by deleting the if condition judgment and goto statement to
> call aq_nic_deinit() directly after aq_nic_stop() to fix the memory leak.
> Signed-off-by: Jianglei Nie <>

Either (1) the hardware is stopped and the relevance of error returning
aq_nic_stop is dubious at best or (2) the hardware is not stopped and
it may not be safe to remove its kernel allocated resources behind its

There is a problem but this patch is imho targeting the symptom.

A knowledgeable answer to (1), (2) could also help to avoid the
dev_{close/open} danse in drivers/net/ethernet/aquantia/atlantic/aq_ethtool.c.


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