sk->sk_prot and sk->sk_prot_creator can differ when the app uses
IPV6_ADDRFORM (transforming an IPv6-socket to an IPv4-one).
Which is why sk_prot_creator is there to make sure that sk_prot_free()
does the kmem_cache_free() on the right kmem_cache slab.
Now, if such a socket gets transformed back to a listening socket (using
connect() with AF_UNSPEC) we will allocate an IPv4 tcp_sock through
sk_clone_lock() when a new connection comes in. But sk_prot_creator will
still point to the IPv6 kmem_cache (as everything got copied in
sk_clone_lock()). When freeing, we will thus put this
memory back into the IPv6 kmem_cache although it was allocated in the
IPv4 cache. I have seen memory corruption happening because of this.
With slub-debugging and MEMCG_KMEM enabled this gives the warning
"cache_from_obj: Wrong slab cache. TCPv6 but object is from TCP"
A C-program to trigger this:
int fd = socket(AF_INET6, SOCK_STREAM, IPPROTO_TCP);
int new_fd, newest_fd, client_fd;
struct sockaddr_in6 bind_addr;
struct sockaddr_in bind_addr4, client_addr1, client_addr2;
struct sockaddr unsp;