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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Fix sync. in blkdev_write_iter() acessing i_flags
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On 07.12.18 18:58, Al Viro wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 07, 2018 at 05:10:15PM +0100, Alexander Lochmann wrote:
>>
>> inode.i_flags might be altered without proper
>> synchronisation when the inode belongs to devtmpfs.
>> blkdev_write_iter() starts writing via __generic_file_write_iter()
>> which sets S_NOSEC bit without any synchronisation.
>> The following stacktrace shows how to get there:
>> 13: entry_SYSENTER_32:460
>> 12: do_fast_syscall_32:410
>> 11: _static_cpu_has:146
>> 10: do_syscall_32_irqs_on:322
>> 09: SyS_pwrite64:636
>> 08: SYSC_pwrite64:650
>> 07: fdput:38
>> 06: vfs_write:560
>> 05: __vfs_write:512
>> 04: new_sync_write:500
>> 03: blkdev_write_iter:1977
>> 02: __generic_file_write_iter:2897
>> 01: file_remove_privs:1818
>> 00: inode_has_no_xattr:3163
>> If S_NOSEC is *not* set, i_rwsem is acquired around
>> __generic_file_write_iter().
>
>> + * Ensure excl. access to i_flags in __generic_file_write_iter().
>> + * Otherwise, it would race with chmod adding SUID bit.
>> + */
>
> _What_ SUID bit? We are talking about a write to block device, for fsck sake...
>
That's the way I understood Jan's explanation:
"
Thinking more about this I'm not sure if this is actually the right
solution. Because for example the write(2) can set S_NOSEC flag wrongly
when it would race with chmod adding SUID bit. So probably we rather need
to acquire i_rwsem in blkdev_write_iter() if file does not have S_NOSEC set
(we don't want to acquire it unconditionally as that would heavily impact
scalability of block device writes).

Honza"

If I'm mistaking, pls help me with fixing it.

- Alex

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