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Subject[PATCH v2] ext4: missing !bh check in ext4_xattr_inode_write()
According to Ted Ts'o ext4_getblk() called in ext4_xattr_inode_write()
should not return bh = NULL

The only time that bh could be NULL, then, would be in the case of
something really going wrong; a programming error elsewhere (perhaps a
wild pointer dereference) or I/O error causing on-disk file system
corruption (although that would be highly unlikely given that we had
*just* allocated the blocks and so the metadata blocks in question
probably would still be in the cache).

Fixes e50e5129f384 ("ext4: xattr-in-inode support")
Cc: # 4.13

Signed-off-by: Vasily Averin <>
fs/ext4/xattr.c | 6 ++++++
1 file changed, 6 insertions(+)

diff --git a/fs/ext4/xattr.c b/fs/ext4/xattr.c
index 0b9688683526..415f73d4c9e6 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/xattr.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/xattr.c
@@ -1384,6 +1384,12 @@ static int ext4_xattr_inode_write(handle_t *handle, struct inode *ea_inode,
bh = ext4_getblk(handle, ea_inode, block, 0);
if (IS_ERR(bh))
return PTR_ERR(bh);
+ if (!bh) {
+ __ext4_error_inode(ea_inode, __func__, __LINE__, 0,
+ "ext4_getblk() return bh = NULL");
+ }
ret = ext4_journal_get_write_access(handle, bh);
if (ret)
goto out;
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