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Subject[PATCH 4.19 21/81] configfs: fix config_item refcnt leak in configfs_rmdir()
From: Xiyu Yang <>

[ Upstream commit 8aebfffacfa379ba400da573a5bf9e49634e38cb ]

configfs_rmdir() invokes configfs_get_config_item(), which returns a
reference of the specified config_item object to "parent_item" with
increased refcnt.

When configfs_rmdir() returns, local variable "parent_item" becomes
invalid, so the refcount should be decreased to keep refcount balanced.

The reference counting issue happens in one exception handling path of
configfs_rmdir(). When down_write_killable() fails, the function forgets
to decrease the refcnt increased by configfs_get_config_item(), causing
a refcnt leak.

Fix this issue by calling config_item_put() when down_write_killable()

Signed-off-by: Xiyu Yang <>
Signed-off-by: Xin Tan <>
Signed-off-by: Christoph Hellwig <>
Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <>
fs/configfs/dir.c | 1 +
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)

diff --git a/fs/configfs/dir.c b/fs/configfs/dir.c
index 2cc6b1c49d34..f9628fc20fec 100644
--- a/fs/configfs/dir.c
+++ b/fs/configfs/dir.c
@@ -1537,6 +1537,7 @@ static int configfs_rmdir(struct inode *dir, struct dentry *dentry)
+ config_item_put(parent_item);
return -EINTR;
frag->frag_dead = true;

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