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Subject[PATCH 2/2] staging: comedi: ni_usb6501: Fix possible double-free of ->usb_rx_buf
`ni6501_alloc_usb_buffers()` is called from `ni6501_auto_attach()` to
allocate RX and TX buffers for USB transfers. It allocates
`devpriv->usb_rx_buf` followed by `devpriv->usb_tx_buf`. If the
allocation of `devpriv->usb_tx_buf` fails, it frees
`devpriv->usb_rx_buf`, leaving the pointer set dangling, and returns an
error. Later, `ni6501_detach()` will be called from the core comedi
module code to clean up. `ni6501_detach()` also frees both
`devpriv->usb_rx_buf` and `devpriv->usb_tx_buf`, but
`devpriv->usb_rx_buf` may have already beed freed, leading to a
double-free error. Fix it bu removing the call to
`kfree(devpriv->usb_rx_buf)` from `ni6501_alloc_usb_buffers()`, relying
on `ni6501_detach()` to free the memory.

Signed-off-by: Ian Abbott <>
drivers/staging/comedi/drivers/ni_usb6501.c | 4 +---
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/staging/comedi/drivers/ni_usb6501.c b/drivers/staging/comedi/drivers/ni_usb6501.c
index ed5e42655821..1bb1cb651349 100644
--- a/drivers/staging/comedi/drivers/ni_usb6501.c
+++ b/drivers/staging/comedi/drivers/ni_usb6501.c
@@ -463,10 +463,8 @@ static int ni6501_alloc_usb_buffers(struct comedi_device *dev)

size = usb_endpoint_maxp(devpriv->ep_tx);
devpriv->usb_tx_buf = kzalloc(size, GFP_KERNEL);
- if (!devpriv->usb_tx_buf) {
- kfree(devpriv->usb_rx_buf);
+ if (!devpriv->usb_tx_buf)
return -ENOMEM;
- }

return 0;
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