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Subject[PATCH v2] ext4: ext4_fill_super shouldn't return 0 on corruption
At the start of ext4_fill_super, ret is set to -EINVAL, and any failure path
out of that function returns ret. However, the generic_check_addressable
clause sets ret = 0 (if it passes), which means that a subsequent failure (e.g.
a group checksum error) returns 0 even though the mount should fail. This
causes vfs_kern_mount in turn to think that the mount succeeded, leading to an

A simple fix is to avoid using ret for the generic_check_addressable check,
which was last changed in commit 30ca22c70e3ef0a96ff84de69cd7e8561b416cb2.

v2: Return -EFBIG in the error case, per Eric Sandeen's suggestion.

Signed-off-by: Darrick J. Wong <>

fs/ext4/super.c | 6 +++---
1 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/ext4/super.c b/fs/ext4/super.c
index 40131b7..120c034 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/super.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/super.c
@@ -3257,13 +3257,13 @@ static int ext4_fill_super(struct super_block *sb, void *data, int silent)
* Test whether we have more sectors than will fit in sector_t,
* and whether the max offset is addressable by the page cache.
- ret = generic_check_addressable(sb->s_blocksize_bits,
- ext4_blocks_count(es));
- if (ret) {
+ if (generic_check_addressable(sb->s_blocksize_bits,
+ ext4_blocks_count(es))) {
ext4_msg(sb, KERN_ERR, "filesystem"
" too large to mount safely on this system");
if (sizeof(sector_t) < 8)
ext4_msg(sb, KERN_WARNING, "CONFIG_LBDAF not enabled");
+ ret = -EFBIG;
goto failed_mount;

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