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Subjectafs: Fix oops in afs_unlink_writeback
To: David Howells <>
Subject: afs: Fix oops in afs_unlink_writeback

I'm seeing the following oops when testing afs:

Unable to handle kernel paging request for data at address 0x00000008
NIP [c0000000003393b0] .afs_unlink_writeback+0x38/0xc0
LR [c00000000033987c] .afs_put_writeback+0x98/0xec
Call Trace:
[c00000000345f600] [c00000000033987c] .afs_put_writeback+0x98/0xec
[c00000000345f690] [c00000000033ae80] .afs_write_begin+0x6a4/0x75c
[c00000000345f790] [c00000000012b77c] .generic_file_buffered_write+0x148/0x320
[c00000000345f8d0] [c00000000012e1b8] .__generic_file_aio_write+0x37c/0x3e4
[c00000000345f9d0] [c00000000012e2a8] .generic_file_aio_write+0x88/0xfc
[c00000000345fa90] [c0000000003390a8] .afs_file_write+0x10c/0x178
[c00000000345fb40] [c000000000188788] .do_sync_write+0xc4/0x128
[c00000000345fcc0] [c000000000189658] .vfs_write+0xe8/0x1d8
[c00000000345fd70] [c000000000189884] .SyS_write+0x68/0xb0
[c00000000345fe30] [c000000000008564] syscall_exit+0x0/0x40

afs_write_begin hits an error and calls afs_unlink_writeback. In there
we do list_del_init on an uninitialised list.

The patch below initialises ->link when creating the afs_writeback struct.

Signed-off-by: Anton Blanchard <>

Index: linux-2.6/fs/afs/write.c
--- linux-2.6.orig/fs/afs/write.c 2011-02-15 08:57:38.941571526 +1100
+++ linux-2.6/fs/afs/write.c 2011-02-15 13:50:34.793404142 +1100
@@ -144,6 +144,7 @@ int afs_write_begin(struct file *file, s
candidate->first = candidate->last = index;
candidate->offset_first = from;
candidate->to_last = to;
+ INIT_LIST_HEAD(&candidate->link);
candidate->usage = 1;
candidate->state = AFS_WBACK_PENDING;

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