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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] ext4: fix warning about stack corruption
On Tuesday, August 1, 2017 5:34:03 PM IST Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> After commit 62d1034f53e3 ("fortify: use WARN instead of BUG for now"),
> we get a warning about possible stack overflow from a memcpy that
> was not strictly bounded to the size of the local variable:
> inlined from 'ext4_mb_seq_groups_show' at fs/ext4/mballoc.c:2322:2:
> include/linux/string.h:309:9: error: '__builtin_memcpy': writing between 161 and 1116 bytes into a region of size 160 overflows the destination [-Werror=stringop-overflow=]
> We actually had a bug here that would have been found by the warning,
> but it was already fixed last year in commit 30a9d7afe70e ("ext4: fix
> stack memory corruption with 64k block size").
> This replaces the fixed-length structure on the stack with a variable-length
> structure, using the correct upper bound that tells the compiler that
> everything is really fine here. I also change the loop count to check
> for the same upper bound for consistency, but the existing code is
> already correct here.
> Note that while clang won't allow certain kinds of variable-length arrays
> in structures, this particular instance is fine, as the array is at the
> end of the structure, and the size is strictly bounded.
> There is one remaining issue with the function that I'm not addressing
> here: With s_blocksize_bits==16, we don't actually print the last two
> members of the array, as we loop though just the first 14 members.
> This could be easily addressed by adding two extra columns in the output,
> but that could in theory break parsers in user space, and should be
> a separate patch if we decide to modify it.

I executed xfstests on a ppc64 machine with both 4k and 64k block size

Tested-by: Chandan Rajendra <>


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