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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] acct: fix possible deadlock in acct_pin_kill
On Thu, Apr 04, 2019 at 07:49:44PM +0100, Al Viro wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 04, 2019 at 07:44:48PM +0100, Al Viro wrote:
>
> > Huh? sb_writers is taken when we *open* the new file. Then we replace
> > its ->path.mnt with a clone and transfer the write count from the original
> > to new one. And close the old file while we are at it.
> >
> > >From sb_writers POV mainline has
> > sb_start_write(new_sb) // in open
> > sb_start_write(new_sb) // mnt_want_write() on clone
> > last write to old_sb, then sb_end_write(old_sb) // acct_pin_kill()
> > sb_end_write(new_sb) // mnt_drop_write(mnt)
> > and you flip the order of the last two lines.
> >
> > Could you explain how exactly does your patch help whatever
> > problem overlayfs has?
>
> Ow... Sorry, -ENOCOFFEE...
>
> Let me wake up properly and look at that thing again.

OK, so... My first reaction had been complete BS. However, the
same goes for your analysis - it's not an ordering problem at all.
What happens is that we are replacing file->path.mnt with a clone
and we want the write count contribution (file is opened for write)
to be transferred. That's it. We do *NOT* want any kind of
freeze protection for the duration of switchover.

IOW, the solution is to switch to __mnt_{want,drop}_write() for that
switchover; we don't want to mess with freeze protection at all.

Signed-off-by: Al Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>
---
diff --git a/fs/internal.h b/fs/internal.h
index 6a8b71643af4..2e7362837a6e 100644
--- a/fs/internal.h
+++ b/fs/internal.h
@@ -89,9 +89,7 @@ extern int sb_prepare_remount_readonly(struct super_block *);

extern void __init mnt_init(void);

-extern int __mnt_want_write(struct vfsmount *);
extern int __mnt_want_write_file(struct file *);
-extern void __mnt_drop_write(struct vfsmount *);
extern void __mnt_drop_write_file(struct file *);

/*
diff --git a/include/linux/mount.h b/include/linux/mount.h
index 9197ddbf35fb..bf8cc4108b8f 100644
--- a/include/linux/mount.h
+++ b/include/linux/mount.h
@@ -87,6 +87,8 @@ extern bool mnt_may_suid(struct vfsmount *mnt);

struct path;
extern struct vfsmount *clone_private_mount(const struct path *path);
+extern int __mnt_want_write(struct vfsmount *);
+extern void __mnt_drop_write(struct vfsmount *);

struct file_system_type;
extern struct vfsmount *fc_mount(struct fs_context *fc);
diff --git a/kernel/acct.c b/kernel/acct.c
index addf7732fb56..81f9831a7859 100644
--- a/kernel/acct.c
+++ b/kernel/acct.c
@@ -227,7 +227,7 @@ static int acct_on(struct filename *pathname)
filp_close(file, NULL);
return PTR_ERR(internal);
}
- err = mnt_want_write(internal);
+ err = __mnt_want_write(internal);
if (err) {
mntput(internal);
kfree(acct);
@@ -252,7 +252,7 @@ static int acct_on(struct filename *pathname)
old = xchg(&ns->bacct, &acct->pin);
mutex_unlock(&acct->lock);
pin_kill(old);
- mnt_drop_write(mnt);
+ __mnt_drop_write(mnt);
mntput(mnt);
return 0;
}
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