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SubjectRe: [PATCH] exportfs: do not read dentry after free
On Fri, Nov 23, 2018 at 5:16 AM Pan Bian <bianpan2016@163.com> wrote:
>
> The function dentry_connected calls dput(dentry) to drop the previously
> acquired reference to dentry. In this case, dentry can be released.
> After that, IS_ROOT(dentry) checks the condition
> (dentry == dentry->d_parent), which may result in a use-after-free bug.
> This patch directly compares dentry with its parent obtained before
> dropping the reference.
>
> Fixes: a056cc8934c("exportfs: stop retrying once we race with
> rename/remove")
>

CC Fixes patch author/reviewers

How did you find this? by code review or did this actually happen?

Normally a IS_ROOT dentry would be either DCACHE_DISCONNECTED or
pinned to some super block, but I guess there may be corner cases?

> Signed-off-by: Pan Bian <bianpan2016@163.com>
> ---
> fs/exportfs/expfs.c | 2 +-
> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
>
> diff --git a/fs/exportfs/expfs.c b/fs/exportfs/expfs.c
> index 645158d..a69aaf5 100644
> --- a/fs/exportfs/expfs.c
> +++ b/fs/exportfs/expfs.c
> @@ -77,7 +77,7 @@ static bool dentry_connected(struct dentry *dentry)
> struct dentry *parent = dget_parent(dentry);
>
> dput(dentry);
> - if (IS_ROOT(dentry)) {
> + if (dentry == parent) { /* is root entry */
> dput(parent);
> return false;
> }

The change itself looks right, but the name IS_ROOT is confusing
enough as it is. The explicit comment is just plain wrong.
If it was really a root dentry, it wouldn't have been DCACHE_DISCONNECTED
(unless it is a filesystem bug).

Thanks,
Amir.

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