Section: OpenSSL (3SSL)
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SSL_SESSION_free - free an allocated SSL_SESSION structure
void SSL_SESSION_free(SSL_SESSION *session);
decrements the reference count of session
structure pointed to by session
and frees up the allocated
memory, if the reference count has reached 0.
objects are allocated, when a TLS/SSL
is successfully completed. Depending on the settings, see
objects are internally referenced by the SSL_CTX
linked into its session cache. SSL
objects may be using the SSL_SESSION
as a session may be reused, several SSL
objects may be using one SSL_SESSION
object at the same time. It is therefore crucial to keep the reference
count (usage information) correct and not delete a SSL_SESSION
that is still used, as this may lead to program failures due to
dangling pointers. These failures may also appear delayed, e.g.
when an SSL_SESSION
object was completely freed as the reference count
incorrectly became 0, but it is still referenced in the internal
session cache and the cache list is processed during a
SSL_SESSION_free() must only be called for SSL_SESSION objects, for
which the reference count was explicitly incremented (e.g.
by calling SSL_get1_session(), see SSL_get_session(3))
or when the SSL_SESSION object was generated outside a TLS handshake
operation, e.g. by using d2i_SSL_SESSION(3).
It must not be called on other SSL_SESSION objects, as this would cause
incorrect reference counts and therefore program failures.
does not provide diagnostic information.
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