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Subject[PATCH 1/7] cachefiles: Fix an assertion failure when trying to update a failed object
If cachefiles gets an error other then ENOENT when trying to look up an
object in the cache (in this case, EACCES), the object state machine will
eventually transition to the DROP_OBJECT state.

This state invokes fscache_drop_object() which tries to sync the auxiliary
data with the cache (this is done lazily since commit 402cb8dda949d) on an
incomplete cache object struct.

The problem comes when cachefiles_update_object_xattr() is called to
rewrite the xattr holding the data. There's an assertion there that the
cache object points to a dentry as we're going to update its xattr. The
assertion trips, however, as dentry didn't get set.

Fix the problem by skipping the update in cachefiles if the object doesn't
refer to a dentry. A better way to do it could be to skip the update from
the DROP_OBJECT state handler in fscache, but that might deny the cache the
opportunity to update intermediate state.

If this error occurs, the kernel log includes lines that look like the

CacheFiles: Lookup failed error -13
CacheFiles: Assertion failed
------------[ cut here ]------------
kernel BUG at fs/cachefiles/xattr.c:138!
Workqueue: fscache_object fscache_object_work_func [fscache]
RIP: 0010:cachefiles_update_object_xattr.cold.4+0x18/0x1a [cachefiles]
Call Trace:
cachefiles_update_object+0xdd/0x1c0 [cachefiles]
fscache_update_aux_data+0x23/0x30 [fscache]
fscache_drop_object+0x18e/0x1c0 [fscache]
fscache_object_work_func+0x74/0x2b0 [fscache]
? pwq_unbound_release_workfn+0xd0/0xd0
? kthread_bind+0x30/0x30

Note that there are actually two issues here: (1) EACCES happened on a
cache object and (2) an oops occurred. I think that the second is a
consequence of the first (it certainly looks like it ought to be). This
patch only deals with the second.

Fixes: 402cb8dda949 ("fscache: Attach the index key and aux data to the cookie")
Reported-by: Zhibin Li <>
Signed-off-by: David Howells <>

fs/cachefiles/xattr.c | 3 ++-
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/fs/cachefiles/xattr.c b/fs/cachefiles/xattr.c
index 0a29a00aed2e..511e6c68156a 100644
--- a/fs/cachefiles/xattr.c
+++ b/fs/cachefiles/xattr.c
@@ -135,7 +135,8 @@ int cachefiles_update_object_xattr(struct cachefiles_object *object,
struct dentry *dentry = object->dentry;
int ret;

- ASSERT(dentry);
+ if (!dentry)
+ return -ESTALE;

_enter("%p,#%d", object, auxdata->len);

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