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SubjectRe: [PATCH] KEYS: Fix RCU handling in key_gc_keyring()
Quoting David Howells (
> key_gc_keyring() needs to either hold the RCU read lock or hold the keyring
> semaphore if it's going to scan the keyring's list. Given that it only needs
> to read the key list, and it's doing so under a spinlock, the RCU read lock is
> the thing to use.
> Furthermore, the RCU check added in e7b0a61b7929632d36cf052d9e2820ef0a9c1bfe is
> incorrect as holding the spinlock on key_serial_lock is not grounds for
> assuming a keyring's pointer list can be read safely. Instead, a simple
> rcu_dereference() inside of the previously mentioned RCU read lock is what we
> want.
> Reported-by: Serge E. Hallyn <>

You're obviously being far too kind. In apparent trend for last night
I missed the lack of locking here.

> Signed-off-by: David Howells <>

Acked-by: Serge Hallyn <>


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