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Subject[PATCH 4.18 125/171] mnt: fix __detach_mounts infinite loop
4.18-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Benjamin Coddington <>

commit 1e9c75fb9c47a75a9aec0cd17db5f6dc36b58e00 upstream.

Since commit ff17fa561a04 ("d_invalidate(): unhash immediately")
immediately unhashes the dentry, we'll never return the mountpoint in
lookup_mountpoint(), which can lead to an unbreakable loop in

I have reports of NFS clients getting into this condition after the server
removes an export of an existing mount created through follow_automount(),
but I suspect there are various other ways to produce this problem if we
hunt down users of d_invalidate(). For example, it is possible to get into
this state by using XFS' d_invalidate() call in xfs_vn_unlink():

truncate -s 100m img{1,2}

mkfs.xfs -q -n version=ci img1
mkfs.xfs -q -n version=ci img2

mkdir -p /mnt/xfs
mount img1 /mnt/xfs

mkdir /mnt/xfs/sub1
mount img2 /mnt/xfs/sub1

cat > /mnt/xfs/sub1/foo &
umount -l /mnt/xfs/sub1
mount img2 /mnt/xfs/sub1

mount --make-private /mnt/xfs

mkdir /mnt/xfs/sub2
mount --move /mnt/xfs/sub1 /mnt/xfs/sub2
rmdir /mnt/xfs/sub1

Fix this by moving the check for an unlinked dentry out of the
detach_mounts() path.

Fixes: ff17fa561a04 ("d_invalidate(): unhash immediately")
Reviewed-by: "Eric W. Biederman" <>
Signed-off-by: Benjamin Coddington <>
Signed-off-by: Eric W. Biederman <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

fs/namespace.c | 6 +++---
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

--- a/fs/namespace.c
+++ b/fs/namespace.c
@@ -780,9 +780,6 @@ static struct mountpoint *lookup_mountpo

hlist_for_each_entry(mp, chain, m_hash) {
if (mp->m_dentry == dentry) {
- /* might be worth a WARN_ON() */
- if (d_unlinked(dentry))
- return ERR_PTR(-ENOENT);
return mp;
@@ -796,6 +793,9 @@ static struct mountpoint *get_mountpoint
int ret;

if (d_mountpoint(dentry)) {
+ /* might be worth a WARN_ON() */
+ if (d_unlinked(dentry))
+ return ERR_PTR(-ENOENT);
mp = lookup_mountpoint(dentry);

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