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Date:	Mon, 26 Nov 2007 16:51:42 +0100
From:	Patrick McHardy <>
To:	Herbert Xu <>
CC:	"David S. Miller" <>,
	Linux Netdev List <>
Subject: Re: [XFRM]: Fix leak of expired xfrm_states

Herbert Xu wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 26, 2007 at 04:05:27PM +0100, Patrick McHardy wrote:
>> This patch fixes a xfrm_state leak, which appears to be a
>> regression from the reference count simplifications.
> I was going to say this was a good find :)
> But digging deeper it seems that it might not be a bug after
> all.  Even though the ref count on x may now drop to zero, it
> won't be freed until del_timer_sync returns which should be
> sufficient, no?

It actually won't get freed at all currently since nothing is
calling __xfrm_state_destroy(). __xfrm_state_delete() uses
__xfrm_state_put(), which only decrements the refcount, but
doesn't perform destruction.

This is visible when looking at the xfrm[46]_mode_{tunnel,transport}
module reference counts, they climb higher and higher over time.
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