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Subject[PATCH][ext4-next] ext4: fix null pointer dereference on sbi
From: Colin Ian King <>

In the case of a kzalloc failure when allocating sbi we end up
with a null pointer dereference on sbi when assigning sbi->s_daxdev.
Fix this by moving the assignment of sbi->s_daxdev to after the
null pointer check of sbi.

Detected by CoverityScan CID#1455379 ("Dereference before null check")

Fixes: 5e405595e5bf ("ext4: perform dax_device lookup at mount")
Signed-off-by: Colin Ian King <>
fs/ext4/super.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/fs/ext4/super.c b/fs/ext4/super.c
index 0e63fcd12c5b..71b9a667e1bc 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/super.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/super.c
@@ -3422,10 +3422,10 @@ static int ext4_fill_super(struct super_block *sb, void *data, int silent)
unsigned int journal_ioprio = DEFAULT_JOURNAL_IOPRIO;
ext4_group_t first_not_zeroed;

- sbi->s_daxdev = dax_dev;
if ((data && !orig_data) || !sbi)
goto out_free_base;

+ sbi->s_daxdev = dax_dev;
sbi->s_blockgroup_lock =
kzalloc(sizeof(struct blockgroup_lock), GFP_KERNEL);
if (!sbi->s_blockgroup_lock)
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