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Date:   Sat, 23 Oct 2021 10:18:02 -0700
From:   Chengfeng Ye <>
Cc:,,,, Chengfeng Ye <>
Subject: [PATCH] mm/kfence: fix null pointer dereference on pointer meta

The pointer meta return from addr_to_metadata could be null, so
there is a potential null pointer dereference issue. Fix this
by adding a null check before dereference.

Fixes: 0ce20dd8 ("mm: add Kernel Electric-Fence infrastructure")
Signed-off-by: Chengfeng Ye <>
 mm/kfence/core.c | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/mm/kfence/core.c b/mm/kfence/core.c
index 7a97db8bc8e7..7d2ec787e921 100644
--- a/mm/kfence/core.c
+++ b/mm/kfence/core.c
@@ -811,7 +811,7 @@ void __kfence_free(void *addr)
 	 * objects once it has been freed. meta->cache may be NULL if the cache
 	 * was destroyed.
-	if (unlikely(meta->cache && (meta->cache->flags & SLAB_TYPESAFE_BY_RCU)))
+	if (unlikely(meta && meta->cache && (meta->cache->flags & SLAB_TYPESAFE_BY_RCU)))
 		call_rcu(&meta->rcu_head, rcu_guarded_free);
 		kfence_guarded_free(addr, meta, false);

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