Re: [PATCH 01/23] gpio: sysfs: fix memory leaks and device hotplug

From: Linus Walleij
Date: Wed Apr 29 2015 - 17:44:24 EST

On Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 5:42 PM, Johan Hovold <johan@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Unregister GPIOs requested through sysfs at chip remove to avoid leaking
> the associated memory and sysfs entries.
> The stale sysfs entries prevented the gpio numbers from being exported
> when the gpio range was later reused (e.g. at device reconnect).
> This also fixes the related module-reference leak.
> Note that kernfs makes sure that any on-going sysfs operations finish
> before the class devices are unregistered and that further accesses
> fail.
> The chip exported flag is used to prevent gpiod exports during removal.
> This also makes it harder to trigger, but does not fix, the related race
> between gpiochip_remove and export_store, which is really a race with
> gpiod_request that needs to be addressed separately.
> Also note that this would prevent the crashes (e.g. NULL-dereferences)
> at reconnect that affects pre-3.18 kernels, as well as use-after-free on
> operations on open attribute files on pre-3.14 kernels (prior to
> kernfs).
> Fixes: d8f388d8dc8d ("gpio: sysfs interface")
> Cc: stable <stable@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> # v2.6.27: 01cca93a9491
> Signed-off-by: Johan Hovold <johan@xxxxxxxxxx>

Patch applied for fixes.

I worry a bit about what userspaces do out there, but they
cannot reasonably have behaviours tied to in-flight removal
of GPIO chips, that would be bizarre.

Linus Walleij
To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at