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Re: [libvirt] Memory leak in libvirt / gnutls

On Mon, Apr 09, 2012 at 10:19:38AM -0600, Eric Blake wrote:
> On 04/07/2012 03:33 AM, Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
> > However the above commit is later amended by this commit:
> > 
> > ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> >   commit eaddec976ef06457fee4a4ce86b8c7ee906183b7
> >   Author: Michal Privoznik <mprivozn redhat com>
> >   Date:   Wed Aug 24 16:16:45 2011 +0200
> > 
> >     daemon: Move TLS initialization to virInitialize
> >     
> >     My previous patch 74c75671331d284e1f777f9692b72e9737520bf0
> >     introduced a regression by removing TLS initialization from client.
> > ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> > 
> > which removes virNetTLSDeinit.  This appears to be a mistake, or at
> > least I can't see the logical reason for it, and according to the
> > gnutls docs, it would introduce a memory leak looking exactly like the
> > one I am chasing down.
> I remember asking at the time, and seem to remember this answer:
> gnutls_global_init is not thread-safe, and therefore must not be called
> in the context of a library that might be in use by a multi-threaded
> parent application.

OK, although this function we *do* call :-)

> Same goes for gnutls_global_deinit.

There's still a confusing comment in libvirt.  Take a look at the very
bottom of 'src/rpc/virnettlscontext.c'.

> We'd rather leak the memory (which isn't really a leak unless you
> dynamically load and unload libvirt multiple times in your app) than
> risk thread unsafety, all while waiting for gnutls to fix their
> thread-safety issue.

I had a look at the initialization code in gnutls, and it is pretty
complex ...


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