selinux: fix NULL-pointer dereference when hashtab allocation fails

When the hash table slot array allocation fails in hashtab_init(),
h->size is left initialized with a non-zero value, but the h->htable
pointer is NULL. This may then cause a NULL pointer dereference, since
the policydb code relies on the assumption that even after a failed
hashtab_init(), hashtab_map() and hashtab_destroy() can be safely called
on it. Yet, these detect an empty hashtab only by looking at the size.

Fix this by making sure that hashtab_init() always leaves behind a valid
empty hashtab when the allocation fails.

Fixes: 03414a49ad5f ("selinux: do not allocate hashtabs dynamically")
Signed-off-by: Ondrej Mosnacek <>
Signed-off-by: Paul Moore <>
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