Commit fd4b616b authored by Steven Rostedt's avatar Steven Rostedt Committed by Linus Torvalds

sysctl: suppress kmemleak messages

register_sysctl_table() is a strange function, as it makes internal
allocations (a header) to register a sysctl_table.  This header is a
handle to the table that is created, and can be used to unregister the
table.  But if the table is permanent and never unregistered, the header
acts the same as a static variable.

Unfortunately, this allocation of memory that is never expected to be
freed fools kmemleak in thinking that we have leaked memory.  For those
sysctl tables that are never unregistered, and have no pointer referencing
them, kmemleak will think that these are memory leaks:

unreferenced object 0xffff880079fb9d40 (size 192):
  comm "swapper/0", pid 0, jiffies 4294667316 (age 12614.152s)
  hex dump (first 32 bytes):
    00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  ................
    00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  ................
    [<ffffffff8146b590>] kmemleak_alloc+0x73/0x98
    [<ffffffff8110a935>] kmemleak_alloc_recursive.constprop.42+0x16/0x18
    [<ffffffff8110b852>] __kmalloc+0x107/0x153
    [<ffffffff8116fa72>] kzalloc.constprop.8+0xe/0x10
    [<ffffffff811703c9>] __register_sysctl_paths+0xe1/0x160
    [<ffffffff81170463>] register_sysctl_paths+0x1b/0x1d
    [<ffffffff8117047d>] register_sysctl_table+0x18/0x1a
    [<ffffffff81afb0a1>] sysctl_init+0x10/0x14
    [<ffffffff81b05a6f>] proc_sys_init+0x2f/0x31
    [<ffffffff81b0584c>] proc_root_init+0xa5/0xa7
    [<ffffffff81ae5b7e>] start_kernel+0x3d0/0x40a
    [<ffffffff81ae52a7>] x86_64_start_reservations+0xae/0xb2
    [<ffffffff81ae53ad>] x86_64_start_kernel+0x102/0x111
    [<ffffffffffffffff>] 0xffffffffffffffff

The sysctl_base_table used by sysctl itself is one such instance that
registers the table to never be unregistered.

Use kmemleak_not_leak() to suppress the kmemleak false positive.
Signed-off-by: default avatarSteven Rostedt <>
Acked-by: default avatarCatalin Marinas <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent c1d7e01d
......@@ -30,6 +30,7 @@
#include <linux/security.h>
#include <linux/ctype.h>
#include <linux/kmemcheck.h>
#include <linux/kmemleak.h>
#include <linux/fs.h>
#include <linux/init.h>
#include <linux/kernel.h>
......@@ -1556,7 +1557,10 @@ static struct ctl_table dev_table[] = {
int __init sysctl_init(void)
struct ctl_table_header *hdr;
hdr = register_sysctl_table(sysctl_base_table);
return 0;
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