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SubjectRe: [PATCH] befs: return BEFS_ERR if validation of ag_shift fails
On Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 12:00:34PM +0100, Luis de Bethencourt wrote:
> On 12/08/16 11:12, Salah Triki wrote:
> > ag_shift is used by blockno2iaddr() to get allocation group number
> > from block. If ag_shift is inconsistent with block_per_ag, an out of
> > bounds allocation group may occur [1]. So add return BEFS_ERR and update
> > comment and error message to reflect this change.
> >
> > [1] https://lkml.org/lkml/2016/8/12/42
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Salah Triki <salah.triki@gmail.com>
> > ---
> > fs/befs/super.c | 9 ++++++---
> > 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/fs/befs/super.c b/fs/befs/super.c
> > index 7c50025..2e3a3fd 100644
> > --- a/fs/befs/super.c
> > +++ b/fs/befs/super.c
> > @@ -101,10 +101,13 @@ befs_check_sb(struct super_block *sb)
> >
> >
> > /* ag_shift also encodes the same information as blocks_per_ag in a
> > - * different way, non-fatal consistency check
> > + * different way as a consistency check.
> > */
> > - if ((1 << befs_sb->ag_shift) != befs_sb->blocks_per_ag)
> > - befs_error(sb, "ag_shift disagrees with blocks_per_ag.");
> > + if ((1 << befs_sb->ag_shift) != befs_sb->blocks_per_ag) {
> > + befs_error(sb, "ag_shift disagrees with blocks_per_ag. "
> > + "Corruption likely.");
> > + return BEFS_ERR;
> > + }
> >
> > if (befs_sb->log_start != befs_sb->log_end ||
> > befs_sb->flags == BEFS_DIRTY) {
> >
>
> Hi Salah,
>
> I initially also added the BEFS_ERR return for this check. I understand
> it makes sense.
>
> But as I mentioned in the patch adding this warning [0], a correct
> blocks_per_ag isn't mandatory. I noticed this because BeFS images
> created by Haiku OS just set blocks_per_ag to 1. Which is clearly not
> what it should be.
>
> The file systems created by Haiku OS can be read without issues since
> sb->blocks_per_ag isn't actually used in lookups/reading file datastreams.
>
> This is what I get in dmesg when loading a Haiku OS image with
> CONFIG_BEFS_DEBUG on:
> ...
> [ 196.376651] befs: (loop1): blocks_per_ag 1
> [ 196.376652] befs: (loop1): ag_shift 14
> ...
>
> With ag_shift of 14, blocks_per_ag should be 16,384.
>
> If we return BEFS_ERR, the system will refuse to mount and users won't be
> able to read these Haiku OS images they could read before. Unfortunate that
> Haiku OS is not using blocks_per_ag properly, but users and avoiding
> regressions go first.
>
> Which BeFS images are you using to test the befs code? Since all the ones
> I have are generated from Haiku OS, all of them have a bad blocks_per_ag.
> LOL
>
> Maybe we should contact Haiku OS developers and ask them to write a correct
> blocks_per_ag. Though we should also support images created before they fix
> this.
>
> Sorry you spent time on this when the issue is out of our control :(
> Nacked-by: Luis de Bethencourt <luisbg@osg.samsung.com>
>
> Thanks,
> Luis
>
> [0] https://lkml.org/lkml/2016/8/9/816

Hi Luis,

> but users and avoiding regressions go first.

Indeed, you are right to stress the importance of users and avoiding
regressions.

> Which BeFS images are you using to test the befs code?

http://befs-driver.sourceforge.net/

> Maybe we should contact Haiku OS developers and ask them to write a correct
> blocks_per_ag.

Yes, it is a good idea.

Thanks,
Salah

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