[gnutls-devel] GnuTLS | crypto-api: always allocate memory when serializing iovec_t (!1278)

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Daiki Ueno created a merge request: https://gitlab.com/gnutls/gnutls/-/merge_requests/1278

Branches: tmp-iov-memleak to master
Author:    Daiki Ueno

The AEAD iov interface falls back to serializing the input buffers if
the low-level cipher doesn't support scatter/gather encryption.
However, there was a bug in the functions used for the serialization,
which causes memory leaks under a certain condition (i.e. the number
of input buffers is 1).

This patch makes the logic of the functions simpler, by removing a
micro-optimization that tries to minimize the number of calls to

The original problem was reported by Marius Steffen in:
and the cause was investigated by Alexander Haase in:

Fixes #1017.

## Checklist
 * [x] Commits have `Signed-off-by:` with name/author being identical to the commit author
 * [ ] Code modified for feature
 * [x] Test suite updated with functionality tests
 * [x] Test suite updated with negative tests
 * [ ] Documentation updated / NEWS entry present (for non-trivial changes)
 * [ ] CI timeout is 2h or higher (see Settings/CICD/General pipelines/Timeout)

## Reviewer's checklist:
 * [ ] Any issues marked for closing are addressed
 * [ ] There is a test suite reasonably covering new functionality or modifications
 * [ ] Function naming, parameters, return values, types, etc., are consistent and according to `CONTRIBUTION.md`
 * [ ] This feature/change has adequate documentation added
 * [ ] No obvious mistakes in the code

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