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Date:   Tue, 13 Apr 2021 16:11:41 +0300
From:   Pavel Skripkin <>
        kernel list <>
Subject: memory leak in ext4_multi_mount_protect


I've done debugging on this issue
and I want to ask you about 
proper way of fixing it. The problem was in case sbi->s_mmp_tsk hasn’t
started at the time of kthread_stop() call. In that case allocated data
won't be freed.

I wrote fix patch, but I am confused about it, because I didn't find
any kernel code like this. I don't think, that adding new members to
struct super_block is good idea, that's why I came to that decision: 

diff --git a/fs/ext4/super.c b/fs/ext4/super.c
index b9693680463a..9c33e97bd5c5 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/super.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/super.c
@@ -5156,8 +5156,10 @@ static int ext4_fill_super(struct super_block
*sb, void *data, int silent)
-	if (sbi->s_mmp_tsk)
-		kthread_stop(sbi->s_mmp_tsk);
+	if (sbi->s_mmp_tsk) {
+		if (kthread_stop(sbi->s_mmp_tsk) == -EINTR)
+			kfree(kthread_data(sbi->s_mmp_tsk));
+	}
 	group_desc = rcu_dereference(sbi->s_group_desc);

I look forward to hearing your perspective on this patch :)

With regards,
Pavel Skripkin

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