Fix leak with ASN.1 combine.

When parsing a combined structure pass a flag to the decode routine
so on error a pointer to the parent structure is not zeroed as
this will leak any additional components in the parent.

This can leak memory in any application parsing PKCS#7 or CMS structures.


Thanks to Adam Langley (Google/BoringSSL) for discovering this bug using


(Imported from upstream's cc598f321fbac9c04da5766243ed55d55948637d, with test
from our original report. Verified ASan trips up on the test without the fix.)

Change-Id: I007d93f172b2f16bf6845d685d72717ed840276c
Reviewed-by: Adam Langley <>
2 files changed
tree: d137cbeca973c98d6a62d9b9b8dd5100c56512c3
  1. crypto/
  2. decrepit/
  3. fuzz/
  4. include/
  5. ssl/
  6. tool/
  7. util/
  8. .clang-format
  9. .gitignore
  11. CMakeLists.txt
  12. codereview.settings


BoringSSL is a fork of OpenSSL that is designed to meet Google's needs.

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BoringSSL arose because Google used OpenSSL for many years in various ways and, over time, built up a large number of patches that were maintained while tracking upstream OpenSSL. As Google's product portfolio became more complex, more copies of OpenSSL sprung up and the effort involved in maintaining all these patches in multiple places was growing steadily.

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