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Subject[PATCH] afs: Fix unpinned address list during probing
When it's probing all of a fileserver's interfaces to find which one is
best to use, afs_do_probe_fileserver() takes a lock on the server record
and notes the pointer to the address list. It doesn't, however, pin the
address list, so as soon as it drops the lock, there's nothing to stop the
address list from being freed under us.

Fix this by taking a ref on the address list inside the locked section and
dropping it at the end of the function.

Fixes: 3bf0fb6f33dd ("afs: Probe multiple fileservers simultaneously")
Signed-off-by: David Howells <>
Reviewed-by: Marc Dionne <>

fs/afs/fs_probe.c | 2 ++
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)

diff --git a/fs/afs/fs_probe.c b/fs/afs/fs_probe.c
index cfe62b154f68..e1b9ed679045 100644
--- a/fs/afs/fs_probe.c
+++ b/fs/afs/fs_probe.c
@@ -145,6 +145,7 @@ static int afs_do_probe_fileserver(struct afs_net *net,
ac.alist = rcu_dereference_protected(server->addresses,
+ afs_get_addrlist(ac.alist);

atomic_set(&server->probe_outstanding, ac.alist->nr_addrs);
@@ -163,6 +164,7 @@ static int afs_do_probe_fileserver(struct afs_net *net,

if (!in_progress)
+ afs_put_addrlist(ac.alist);
return in_progress;

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