Re: [PATCH 2/2] fs: btrfs: Don't leak memory when failing add fsid

From: Tobin C. Harding
Date: Mon May 13 2019 - 06:59:27 EST

On Mon, May 13, 2019 at 09:04:49AM +0300, Nikolay Borisov wrote:
> On 13.05.19 Ð. 6:39 Ñ., Tobin C. Harding wrote:
> > A failed call to kobject_init_and_add() must be followed by a call to
> > kobject_put(). Currently in the error path when adding fs_devices we
> > are missing this call. This could be fixed by calling
> > btrfs_sysfs_remove_fsid() if btrfs_sysfs_add_fsid() returns an error or
> > by adding a call to kobject_put() directly in btrfs_sysfs_add_fsid().
> > Here we choose the second option because it prevents the slightly
> > unusual error path handling requirements of kobject from leaking out
> > into btrfs functions.
> >
> > Add a call to kobject_put() in the error path of kobject_add_and_init().
> > This causes the release method to be called if kobject_init_and_add()
> > fails. open_tree() is the function that calls btrfs_sysfs_add_fsid()
> > and the error code in this function is already written with the
> > assumption that the release method is called during the error path of
> > open_tree() (as seen by the call to btrfs_sysfs_remove_fsid() under the
> > fail_fsdev_sysfs label).
> I'm not familiar with the internals of kobject but
> btrfs_sysfs_remove_fsid calls __btrfs_sysfs_remove_fsid which in turn
> does kobject_del followed by kobject_put so its sequence is not exactly
> identical with your change. Presumably kobject_del is only required if
> you want to dispose of successfully registered sysfs node. This implies
> that __btrfs_sysfs_remove_fsid is actually broken when it comes to
> handling failed sysfs_add_fsid?

kobject_del() is not technically required in __btrfs_sysfs_remove_fsid()
since if kobject_put() drops the reference count to 0 and kobject_del()
has not been called then the kobject infrastructure will call
kobject_del() for us (and we get a pr_debug() message). The code
sequence is correct although not _exactly_ written as the kobject
authors intended (I am not one of those authors, I'm just learning).

Thanks for looking at this.