[PATCH V2] cfg80211: Fix possible memory leak in function cfg80211_bss_update

Nguyen Dinh Phi phind.uet at gmail.com
Mon Jun 28 13:23:34 UTC 2021

When we exceed the limit of BSS entries, this function will free the
new entry, however, at this time, it is the last door to access the
inputed ies, so these ies will be unreferenced objects and cause memory
Therefore we should free its ies before deallocating the new entry, beside
of dropping it from hidden_list.

Signed-off-by: Nguyen Dinh Phi <phind.uet at gmail.com>
V2:	- Add subsystem to the subject line.
	- Use bss_ref_put function for better clean-up dynamically allocated
	cfg80211_internal_bss objects. It helps to clean relative hidden_bss.

 net/wireless/scan.c | 6 ++----
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/net/wireless/scan.c b/net/wireless/scan.c
index f03c7ac8e184..7897b1478c3c 100644
--- a/net/wireless/scan.c
+++ b/net/wireless/scan.c
@@ -1754,16 +1754,14 @@ cfg80211_bss_update(struct cfg80211_registered_device *rdev,
 			 * be grouped with this beacon for updates ...
 			if (!cfg80211_combine_bsses(rdev, new)) {
-				kfree(new);
+				bss_ref_put(rdev, new);
 				goto drop;

 		if (rdev->bss_entries >= bss_entries_limit &&
 		    !cfg80211_bss_expire_oldest(rdev)) {
-			if (!list_empty(&new->hidden_list))
-				list_del(&new->hidden_list);
-			kfree(new);
+			bss_ref_put(rdev, new);
 			goto drop;


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