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Subject[PATCH 4.14 33/89] vfs: fix do_last() regression
From: Al Viro <>

commit 6404674acd596de41fd3ad5f267b4525494a891a upstream.

Brown paperbag time: fetching ->i_uid/->i_mode really should've been
done from nd->inode. I even suggested that, but the reason for that has
slipped through the cracks and I went for dir->d_inode instead - made
for more "obvious" patch.


- at the entry into do_last() and all the way to step_into(): dir (aka
nd->path.dentry) is known not to have been freed; so's nd->inode and
it's equal to dir->d_inode unless we are already doomed to -ECHILD.
inode of the file to get opened is not known.

- after step_into(): inode of the file to get opened is known; dir
might be pointing to freed memory/be negative/etc.

- at the call of may_create_in_sticky(): guaranteed to be out of RCU
mode; inode of the file to get opened is known and pinned; dir might
be garbage.

The last was the reason for the original patch. Except that at the
do_last() entry we can be in RCU mode and it is possible that
nd->path.dentry->d_inode has already changed under us.

In that case we are going to fail with -ECHILD, but we need to be
careful; nd->inode is pointing to valid struct inode and it's the same
as nd->path.dentry->d_inode in "won't fail with -ECHILD" case, so we
should use that.

Reported-by: "Rantala, Tommi T. (Nokia - FI/Espoo)" <>
Wearing-brown-paperbag: Al Viro <>
Fixes: d0cb50185ae9 ("do_last(): fetch directory ->i_mode and ->i_uid before it's too late")
Signed-off-by: Al Viro <>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

fs/namei.c | 4 ++--
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

--- a/fs/namei.c
+++ b/fs/namei.c
@@ -3266,8 +3266,8 @@ static int do_last(struct nameidata *nd,
int *opened)
struct dentry *dir = nd->path.dentry;
- kuid_t dir_uid = dir->d_inode->i_uid;
- umode_t dir_mode = dir->d_inode->i_mode;
+ kuid_t dir_uid = nd->inode->i_uid;
+ umode_t dir_mode = nd->inode->i_mode;
int open_flag = op->open_flag;
bool will_truncate = (open_flag & O_TRUNC) != 0;
bool got_write = false;

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