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Date:   Tue, 12 Jan 2021 12:36:24 -0600
From:   Mike Christie <>
To:     Bodo Stroesser <>,,,,
        "Martin K. Petersen" <>
Cc:     Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] scsi: target: tcmu: Fix wrong uio handling causing big
 memory leak

On 12/18/20 8:15 AM, Bodo Stroesser wrote:
> tcmu calls uio_unregister_device from tcmu_destroy_device.
> After that uio will never call tcmu_release for this device.
> If userspace still had the uio device open and / or mmap'ed
> during uio_unregister_device, tcmu_release will not be called and
> udev->kref will never go down to 0.

I didn't get why the release function is not called if you call
uio_unregister_device while a device is open. Does the device_destroy call in
uio_unregister_device completely free the device or does it set some bits so
uio_release is not called later?

Do other drivers hit this? Should uio have refcounting so uio_release is called
when the last ref (from userspace open/close/mmap calls and from the kernel by
drivers like target_core_user) is done?

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