[PATCH] do not free string returned by login_getcapstr

Damien Miller djm at mindrot.org
Tue Feb 16 10:57:36 AEDT 2021

On Tue, 16 Feb 2021, Damien Miller wrote:

> On Mon, 15 Feb 2021, Ed Maste wrote:
> > From the login_getcapstr man page,
> > > Note that with all functions in this group, you should not call free(3)
> > > on any pointers returned.  Memory allocated during retrieval or
> > > processing of capability tags is automatically reused by subsequent calls
> > > to functions in this group, or deallocated on calling login_close().
> This seems to be a divergence between FreeBSD and OpenBSD. OpenBSD has
> >     The string returned by login_getcapstr() is allocated via
> >     malloc(3) when the specified capability is present and thus
> >     it is the responsibility of the caller to free() this space.
> >     However, if the capability was not found or an error
> >     occurred and def or err (whichever is relevant) are non-NULL
> >     the returned value is simply what was passed in to
> >     login_getcapstr().  Therefore it is not possible to blindly
> >     free() the return value without first checking it against
> >     def and err.
> NetBSD is idential to OpenBSD. I guess we'll need to special-case FreeBSD
> and anything else that derives from that codebase. Does anyone know what
> else does it the FreeBSD way? (I'm guessing Dragonfly...)

actually, this is in the child process so the leak doesn't matter here.
I think this fix is fine.


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