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Subject[PATCH] apparmor: Fix use-after-free in aa_audit_rule_init
In the implementation of aa_audit_rule_init(), when aa_label_parse()
fails the allocated memory for rule is released using
aa_audit_rule_free(). But after this release the the return statement
tries to access the label field of the rule which results in
use-after-free. Before releaseing the rule, copy errNo and return it
after releasing rule.

Fixes: 52e8c38001d8 ("apparmor: Fix memory leak of rule on error exit path")
Signed-off-by: Navid Emamdoost <>
security/apparmor/audit.c | 4 +++-
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/security/apparmor/audit.c b/security/apparmor/audit.c
index 5a98661a8b46..48c15fb0aafe 100644
--- a/security/apparmor/audit.c
+++ b/security/apparmor/audit.c
@@ -178,6 +178,7 @@ void aa_audit_rule_free(void *vrule)
int aa_audit_rule_init(u32 field, u32 op, char *rulestr, void **vrule)
struct aa_audit_rule *rule;
+ int err;

switch (field) {
@@ -197,8 +198,9 @@ int aa_audit_rule_init(u32 field, u32 op, char *rulestr, void **vrule)
rule->label = aa_label_parse(&root_ns->unconfined->label, rulestr,
GFP_KERNEL, true, false);
if (IS_ERR(rule->label)) {
+ err = rule->label;
- return PTR_ERR(rule->label);
+ return PTR_ERR(err);

*vrule = rule;
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