[PATCH] KEYS: fix cred refcount leak in request_key_auth_new()

Eric Biggers ebiggers3 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 18 18:33:31 UTC 2017

From: Eric Biggers <ebiggers at google.com>

In request_key_auth_new(), if alloc_key() or key_instantiate_and_link()
were to fail, we would leak a reference to the 'struct cred'.  Currently
this can only happen if alloc_key() fails to to allocate memory.  But it
still should be fixed, as it is a more severe bug waiting to happen.

Fixes: d84f4f992cbd ("CRED: Inaugurate COW credentials")
Signed-off-by: Eric Biggers <ebiggers at google.com>
 security/keys/request_key_auth.c | 1 +
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)

diff --git a/security/keys/request_key_auth.c b/security/keys/request_key_auth.c
index afe9d22ab361..f2f29f13ecff 100644
--- a/security/keys/request_key_auth.c
+++ b/security/keys/request_key_auth.c
@@ -227,6 +227,7 @@ struct key *request_key_auth_new(struct key *target, const void *callout_info,
+	put_cred(rka->cred);

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