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Subject[PATCH] KEYS: remove unnecessary get/put of explicit dest_keyring
From: Eric Biggers <>

In request_key_and_link(), in the case where the dest_keyring was
explicitly specified, there is no need to get another reference to
dest_keyring before calling key_link(), then drop it afterwards. This
is because by definition, we already have a reference to dest_keyring.

This change is useful because we'll be making
construct_get_dest_keyring() able to return an error code, and we don't
want to have to handle that error here for no reason.

Signed-off-by: Eric Biggers <>
security/keys/request_key.c | 2 --
1 file changed, 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/security/keys/request_key.c b/security/keys/request_key.c
index e8036cd0ad54..c6880af8b411 100644
--- a/security/keys/request_key.c
+++ b/security/keys/request_key.c
@@ -546,9 +546,7 @@ struct key *request_key_and_link(struct key_type *type,
if (!IS_ERR(key_ref)) {
key = key_ref_to_ptr(key_ref);
if (dest_keyring) {
- construct_get_dest_keyring(&dest_keyring);
ret = key_link(dest_keyring, key);
- key_put(dest_keyring);
if (ret < 0) {
key = ERR_PTR(ret);
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