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Subject[PATCH 4.4 34/77] GFS2: dont set rgrp gl_object until its inserted into rgrp tree
commit 36e4ad0316c017d5b271378ed9a1c9a4b77fab5f upstream.

Before this patch, function read_rindex_entry would set a rgrp
glock's gl_object pointer to itself before inserting the rgrp into
the rgrp rbtree. The problem is: if another process was also reading
the rgrp in, and had already inserted its newly created rgrp, then
the second call to read_rindex_entry would overwrite that value,
then return a bad return code to the caller. Later, other functions
would reference the now-freed rgrp memory by way of gl_object.
In some cases, that could result in gfs2_rgrp_brelse being called
twice for the same rgrp: once for the failed attempt and once for
the "real" rgrp release. Eventually the kernel would panic.
There are also a number of other things that could go wrong when
a kernel module is accessing freed storage. For example, this could
result in rgrp corruption because the fake rgrp would point to a
fake bitmap in memory too, causing gfs2_inplace_reserve to search
some random memory for free blocks, and find some, since we were
never setting rgd->rd_bits to NULL before freeing it.

This patch fixes the problem by not setting gl_object until we
have successfully inserted the rgrp into the rbtree. Also, it sets
rd_bits to NULL as it frees them, which will ensure any accidental
access to the wrong rgrp will result in a kernel panic rather than
file system corruption, which is preferred.

Signed-off-by: Bob Peterson <>
[bwh: Backported to 4.4: adjust context]
Signed-off-by: Ben Hutchings <>
Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <>
fs/gfs2/rgrp.c | 13 ++++++++-----
1 file changed, 8 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/gfs2/rgrp.c b/fs/gfs2/rgrp.c
index ef24894edecc1..9c159e6ad1164 100644
--- a/fs/gfs2/rgrp.c
+++ b/fs/gfs2/rgrp.c
@@ -739,6 +739,7 @@ void gfs2_clear_rgrpd(struct gfs2_sbd *sdp)

+ rgd->rd_bits = NULL;
kmem_cache_free(gfs2_rgrpd_cachep, rgd);
@@ -933,10 +934,6 @@ static int read_rindex_entry(struct gfs2_inode *ip)
if (error)
goto fail;

- rgd->rd_gl->gl_object = rgd;
- rgd->rd_gl->gl_vm.start = (rgd->rd_addr * bsize) & PAGE_CACHE_MASK;
- rgd->rd_gl->gl_vm.end = PAGE_CACHE_ALIGN((rgd->rd_addr +
- rgd->rd_length) * bsize) - 1;
rgd->rd_rgl = (struct gfs2_rgrp_lvb *)rgd->rd_gl->gl_lksb.sb_lvbptr;
rgd->rd_flags &= ~(GFS2_RDF_UPTODATE | GFS2_RDF_PREFERRED);
if (rgd->rd_data > sdp->sd_max_rg_data)
@@ -944,14 +941,20 @@ static int read_rindex_entry(struct gfs2_inode *ip)
error = rgd_insert(rgd);
- if (!error)
+ if (!error) {
+ rgd->rd_gl->gl_object = rgd;
+ rgd->rd_gl->gl_vm.start = (rgd->rd_addr * bsize) & PAGE_MASK;
+ rgd->rd_gl->gl_vm.end = PAGE_ALIGN((rgd->rd_addr +
+ rgd->rd_length) * bsize) - 1;
return 0;
+ }

error = 0; /* someone else read in the rgrp; free it and ignore it */

+ rgd->rd_bits = NULL;
kmem_cache_free(gfs2_rgrpd_cachep, rgd);
return error;

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