Talk:Library Initialization

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You said: "CRYPTO_cleanup_all_ex_data and ERR_remove_state should be called on each thread, and not just the main thread."

However the FAQ says:

"Brutal" (thread-unsafe) Application-global cleanup functions:

  ERR_free_strings(), EVP_cleanup() and CRYPTO_cleanup_all_ex_data().'

And the code comments for CRYPTO_cleanup_all_ex_data() say:

/* Release all "ex_data" state to prevent memory leaks. This can't be made
 * thread-safe without overhauling a lot of stuff, and shouldn't really be
 * called under potential race-conditions anyway (it's for program shutdown
 * after all). */

So I don't think its right to say CRYPTO_cleanup_all_ex_data() should be called on each thread. --Matt (talk) 14:30, 7 May 2015 (UTC)

This is going back 5 or 7 years... I was having trouble under Valgrind. I asked a few messages on the mailing list about how to cleanup properly. Both CRYPTO_cleanup_all_ex_data and ERR_remove_state (on each thread) dropped out of the messages/questions. Also see Order of Cleanup to avoid memory leaks?. I don't know if it correct thing to do nowadays.
Jwalton (talk) 20:58, 29 July 2019 (UTC)
In many cases it is not necessary to do anything to clean up each individual threads (from OpenSSL 1.1.0+). As long as the thread exits before OpenSSL does then it should get cleaned up automatically. There

are some caveats on that (especially for windows). You can force OpenSSL to cleanup a thread using OPENSSL_thread_stop(). See the man page for that function to see a discussion on the caveats (in particular see the "Notes" section).

--Matt (talk) 07:59, 30 July 2019 (UTC)