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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2.6.17-rc6 7/9] Remove some of the kmemleak false positives
On 13/06/06, Pekka J Enberg <penberg@cs.helsinki.fi> wrote:
> > As far as I understood, Ingo is worried about:
> >
> > struct s { /* some fields */; char *buf; };
> >
> > struct s *p = kmalloc(sizeof(struct s) + BUF_SIZE);
> > p->buf = p + sizeof(struct s);
> >
> > Which could lead to false negative due to p->buf pointing to p. However,
> > for us to even _find_ p->buf, we would need an incoming pointer _to_ p
> > which makes me think this is not a problem in practice. Hmm?

On 6/13/06, Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas@gmail.com> wrote:
> Not exactly. In the above case, Ingo (and me) is worried about having
> a incoming pointer (from other block) equal to p->buf and therefore
> inside the block allocated with kmalloc.

Ah, right, I overlooked that case. But, is it really a leak? That is,
even though we currently don't have a pointer to the beginning fo the
block, we don't know for sure it was a leak. You're now allowed to do:

p = kmalloc(...);
p = p + HDR_SIZE;

/* ... */

kfree(p - HDR_SIZE);

Do you think we should ban the above?

Pekka
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