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Subject[PATCH v3] kernel: audit.c: Add __rcu annotation to RCU pointer
Add __rcu annotation to RCU-protected global pointer auditd_conn.

auditd_conn is an RCU-protected global pointer,i.e., accessed
via RCU methods rcu_dereference() and rcu_assign_pointer(),
hence it must be annotated with __rcu for sparse to report
warnings/errors correctly.

Fix multiple instances of the sparse error:
error: incompatible types in comparison expression
(different address spaces)

Reviewed-by: Joel Fernandes (Google) <>
Signed-off-by: Amol Grover <>
- update changelog to be more descriptive

- fix erroneous RCU pointer initialization

kernel/audit.c | 5 +++--
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/audit.c b/kernel/audit.c
index da8dc0db5bd3..ff7cfc61f53d 100644
--- a/kernel/audit.c
+++ b/kernel/audit.c
@@ -102,12 +102,13 @@ struct audit_net {
* This struct is RCU protected; you must either hold the RCU lock for reading
* or the associated spinlock for writing.
-static struct auditd_connection {
+struct auditd_connection {
struct pid *pid;
u32 portid;
struct net *net;
struct rcu_head rcu;
-} *auditd_conn = NULL;
+static struct auditd_connection __rcu *auditd_conn;
static DEFINE_SPINLOCK(auditd_conn_lock);

/* If audit_rate_limit is non-zero, limit the rate of sending audit records
 \ /
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