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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH] esx: Avoid Coverity warning about resource leak in esxOpen

On 01/10/2013 02:47 PM, Matthias Bolte wrote:
> Commit 4445e16bfa8056980ac643fabf17186f9e685925 changed the signature
> of esxConnectToHost and esxConnectToVCenter by replacing the esxPrivate
> pointer with virConnectPtr. The esxPrivate pointer was then retrieved
> again from virConnectPtr's privateData. This resulted in a NULL pointer
> dereference, because the privateData pointer was not yet initialized at
> the point where esxConnectToHost and esxConnectToVCenter are called.
> This was fixed in commit b126715a48cd0cbe32ec6468c267cd8cf2961c55 that
> moved the initialization of privateData before the problematic calls.
> Coverity tagged the esxPrivate pointer a potentially leaked because of
> the conditional free call. But this is a false positive, there is not
> actual leak.
> Avoid this warning from Coverity by making the call to esxFreePrivate
> unconditional and changing esxConnectToHost and esxConnectToVCenter back
> to take a esxPrivate pointer directly. This allows to assign esxPrivate
> to the virConnectPtr's privateData pointer as one of the last steps in
> esxOpen making it more obvious that it is not initialized during the
> earlier steps of esxOpen.
> ---


> This patch is meant as a replacement this patch:
> https://www.redhat.com/archives/libvir-list/2013-January/msg00530.html

John, thanks again for pointing out the Coverity warning, and doing a
first pass analysis, even if we didn't end up using your patch.  One of
the nice things about open source is that by making the problems public,
we can often come up with even better patches.  And Matthias, thanks for
jumping in to improve the code you originally wrote.

Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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