[dm-devel] dm-bufio: fix memleak when using a dm_buffer's inline bio

Mike Snitzer snitzer at redhat.com
Wed Nov 26 03:41:04 UTC 2014

On Tue, Nov 25 2014 at  8:45pm -0500,
Darrick J. Wong <darrick.wong at oracle.com> wrote:

> When dm-bufio sets out to use the bio built into a struct dm_buffer to
> issue an IO, it needs to call bio_reset after it's done with the bio
> so that we can free things attached to the bio such as the integrity
> payload.  Therefore, inject our own endio callback to take care of
> the bio_reset after calling submit_io's end_io callback.
> Test case:
> 1. modprobe scsi_debug delay=0 dif=1 dix=199 ato=1 dev_size_mb=300
> 2. Set up a dm-bufio client, e.g. dm-verity, on the scsi_debug device
> 3. Repeatedly read metadata and watch kmalloc-192 leak!
> Fix is against 3.18-rc6.
> Signed-off-by: Darrick J. Wong <darrick.wong at oracle.com>

Thanks for reporting/fixing this.

Alternatively I think we could just call bio_reset() in submit_io(),

diff --git a/drivers/md/dm-bufio.c b/drivers/md/dm-bufio.c
index afe7971..e7036e3 100644
--- a/drivers/md/dm-bufio.c
+++ b/drivers/md/dm-bufio.c
@@ -579,6 +579,8 @@ static void submit_io(struct dm_buffer *b, int rw, sector_t block,
 	if (rw == WRITE && b->c->write_callback)
+	bio_reset(&b->bio);
 	if (b->c->block_size <= DM_BUFIO_INLINE_VECS * PAGE_SIZE &&
 	    b->data_mode != DATA_MODE_VMALLOC)
 		use_inline_bio(b, rw, block, end_io);

What do you think?

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