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Date:   Fri, 21 Oct 2022 11:01:47 +0800
From:   Yang Yingliang <yangyingliang@...wei.com>
To:     Jakub Kicinski <kuba@...nel.org>
CC:     Leon Romanovsky <leon@...nel.org>, <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
        <yisen.zhuang@...wei.com>, <salil.mehta@...wei.com>,
        <davem@...emloft.net>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net] net: hns: fix possible memory leak in
 hnae_ae_register()


On 2022/10/21 3:43, Jakub Kicinski wrote:
> On Thu, 20 Oct 2022 15:48:38 +0800 Yang Yingliang wrote:
>> On 2022/10/20 8:28, Jakub Kicinski wrote:
>>> On Tue, 18 Oct 2022 15:58:38 +0300 Leon Romanovsky wrote:
>>>> The change itself is ok.
>>> Also the .release function is empty which is another bad smell?
>> The upper device (struct dsaf_device *dsaf_dev) is allocated by
>> devm_kzalloc(), so it's no need to free it in ->release().
> Nah ah. devm_* is just for objects which tie their lifetime naturally
> to the lifetime of the driver instance, IOW the device ->priv.
>
> struct device allocated by the driver is not tied to that, it's
> a properly referenced object. I don't think that just because
> the driver that allocated it got ->remove()d you're safe to free
> allocated struct devices.
In this driver, I see the 'cls_dev' is used as driver data and it 
unregistered
before got removed to free the device memory, I think it's safe for now.

Thanks,
Yang
> .

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