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Subject[PATCH 4.19 048/140] ovl: fix corner case of non-unique st_dev;st_ino
From: Amir Goldstein <>

commit 9c6d8f13e9da10a26ad7f0a020ef86e8ef142835 upstream.

On non-samefs overlay without xino, non pure upper inodes should use a
pseudo_dev assigned to each unique lower fs and pure upper inodes use the
real upper st_dev.

It is fine for an overlay pure upper inode to use the same st_dev;st_ino
values as the real upper inode, because the content of those two different
filesystem objects is always the same.

In this case, however:
- two filesystems, A and B
- upper layer is on A
- lower layer 1 is also on A
- lower layer 2 is on B

Non pure upper overlay inode, whose origin is in layer 1 will have the same
st_dev;st_ino values as the real lower inode. This may result with a false
positive results of 'diff' between the real lower and copied up overlay

Fix this by using the upper st_dev;st_ino values in this case. This breaks
the property of constant st_dev;st_ino across copy up of this case. This
breakage will be fixed by a later patch.

Fixes: 5148626b806a ("ovl: allocate anon bdev per unique lower fs")
Cc: # v4.17+
Signed-off-by: Amir Goldstein <>
Signed-off-by: Miklos Szeredi <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

fs/overlayfs/inode.c | 8 +++++++-
1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

--- a/fs/overlayfs/inode.c
+++ b/fs/overlayfs/inode.c
@@ -203,8 +203,14 @@ int ovl_getattr(const struct path *path,
if (ovl_test_flag(OVL_INDEX, d_inode(dentry)) ||
(!ovl_verify_lower(dentry->d_sb) &&
(is_dir || lowerstat.nlink == 1))) {
- stat->ino = lowerstat.ino;
lower_layer = ovl_layer_lower(dentry);
+ /*
+ * Cannot use origin st_dev;st_ino because
+ * origin inode content may differ from overlay
+ * inode content.
+ */
+ if (samefs || lower_layer->fsid)
+ stat->ino = lowerstat.ino;


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