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Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2018 10:00:26 -0500
From: Rich Felker <dalias@...c.org>
To: musl@...ts.openwall.com
Subject: Re: [RFC] malloc + threads = memleak?

On Fri, Feb 09, 2018 at 04:33:38PM +0200, Roman Yeryomin wrote:
> Hello!
> 
> I have a very easy reproducible memory leak here when using
> malloc/free in two threads.
> Attaching a simple test.
> thread() here is calling pthread_create():
> https://github.com/yeryomin/liba/blob/master/liba.c#L181
> 
> Do I misunderstand something or is it a bug?
> This can be avoided by wrapping malloc into locks but not sure if
> that's the fix you want...

I haven't looked at this in detail yet, but I suspect this is a known
issue that I thought was hard to hit, and that you've just found a
reliable way to reproduce. I'll investigate more in a bit. I think it
may turn out to be impossible to fix without either making malloc
noticably slower or overhauling the whole malloc implementation (which
is planned but I'm not ready to do yet).

Thanks for the report; this looks like it will be useful even if
disappointing.

Rich

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