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Date:   Wed, 29 May 2019 20:04:43 -0700
From:   Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
Cc:     Greg Kroah-Hartman <>,, Wenwen Wang <>,
        Richard Guy Briggs <>,
        Paul Moore <>,
        Sasha Levin <>
Subject: [PATCH 4.19 125/276] audit: fix a memory leak bug

[ Upstream commit 70c4cf17e445264453bc5323db3e50aa0ac9e81f ]

In audit_rule_change(), audit_data_to_entry() is firstly invoked to
translate the payload data to the kernel's rule representation. In
audit_data_to_entry(), depending on the audit field type, an audit tree may
be created in audit_make_tree(), which eventually invokes kmalloc() to
allocate the tree.  Since this tree is a temporary tree, it will be then
freed in the following execution, e.g., audit_add_rule() if the message
type is AUDIT_ADD_RULE or audit_del_rule() if the message type is
AUDIT_DEL_RULE. However, if the message type is neither AUDIT_ADD_RULE nor
AUDIT_DEL_RULE, i.e., the default case of the switch statement, this
temporary tree is not freed.

To fix this issue, only allocate the tree when the type is AUDIT_ADD_RULE

Signed-off-by: Wenwen Wang <>
Reviewed-by: Richard Guy Briggs <>
Signed-off-by: Paul Moore <>
Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <>
 kernel/auditfilter.c | 12 +++++++-----
 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/auditfilter.c b/kernel/auditfilter.c
index bf309f2592c46..425c67e4f5681 100644
--- a/kernel/auditfilter.c
+++ b/kernel/auditfilter.c
@@ -1114,22 +1114,24 @@ int audit_rule_change(int type, int seq, void *data, size_t datasz)
 	int err = 0;
 	struct audit_entry *entry;
-	entry = audit_data_to_entry(data, datasz);
-	if (IS_ERR(entry))
-		return PTR_ERR(entry);
 	switch (type) {
+		entry = audit_data_to_entry(data, datasz);
+		if (IS_ERR(entry))
+			return PTR_ERR(entry);
 		err = audit_add_rule(entry);
 		audit_log_rule_change("add_rule", &entry->rule, !err);
+		entry = audit_data_to_entry(data, datasz);
+		if (IS_ERR(entry))
+			return PTR_ERR(entry);
 		err = audit_del_rule(entry);
 		audit_log_rule_change("remove_rule", &entry->rule, !err);
-		err = -EINVAL;
+		return -EINVAL;
 	if (err || type == AUDIT_DEL_RULE) {

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