Warning C26115

Failing to release lock 'lock' in function 'func'.

Enforcement of syntactically scoped lock acquire and lock release pairs in C/C++ programs isn't performed by the language. A function may introduce a locking side effect by making an observable modification to the concurrency state. For example, a lock wrapper function increments the number of lock acquisitions, or lock count, for a given lock.

You can annotate a function that has a side effect from a lock acquire or lock release by using _Acquires_lock_ or _Releases_lock_, respectively. Without such annotations, a function is expected not to change any lock count after it returns. If acquires and releases aren't balanced, they're considered to be orphaned. Warning C26115 is issued when a function introduces an orphaned lock.


The following example generates warning C26115 because there's an orphaned lock in a function that isn't annotated with _Acquires_lock_.

typedef struct _DATA

void FailToReleaseLock(int flag, DATA* p)

    if (flag)
        return; // Warning C26115