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SubjectOOPS in nfsd, affects all 2.2 and 2.4 kernels
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This was first reported in 2.2.12, according to Deja. Solaris clients,
on rare occaisons, will send some command to a linux server which
causes a null resp->fh.fh_dentry to be passed to routines in
/usr/src/linux/fs/nfsd/nfsxdr.c. This causes an oops, and then the nfs
server subsystem stop functioning. A fix is to check that this is not
null before de-referencing it in the following three routines. I
looked and this bug is present in the latest 2.2 and 2.4 kernels.

Whatever condition causes this is very rare. We had a linux server
supporting 100 Solaris and HP-UX boxes running flawlessly for 8
months, then one day something triggered this bug, and it wouldn't go
away until I implemented this fix. There were no apparent side effects
to doing this, although you may want to print some informative message
to try and track down the real culprit.

THis patch is against 2.2.16, but the code looks unchanged in
2.4.0.

/usr/src/linux/fs/nfsd/nfsxdr.c Wed Nov 26 16:08:38 1997
--- nfsxdr.c Wed Aug 9 19:07:40 2000
***************
*** 364,370 ****
nfssvc_encode_attrstat(struct svc_rqst *rqstp, u32 *p,
struct nfsd_attrstat *resp)
{
! if (!(p = encode_fattr(rqstp, p, resp->fh.fh_dentry->d_inode)))
return 0;
return xdr_ressize_check(rqstp, p);
}
--- 364,371 ----
nfssvc_encode_attrstat(struct svc_rqst *rqstp, u32 *p,
struct nfsd_attrstat *resp)
{
! if ( resp->fh.fh_dentry == NULL ||
! !(p = encode_fattr(rqstp, p, resp->fh.fh_dentry->d_inode)))
return 0;
return xdr_ressize_check(rqstp, p);
}
***************
*** 373,379 ****
nfssvc_encode_diropres(struct svc_rqst *rqstp, u32 *p,
struct nfsd_diropres *resp)
{
! if (!(p = encode_fh(p, &resp->fh))
|| !(p = encode_fattr(rqstp, p, resp->fh.fh_dentry->d_inode)))
return 0;
return xdr_ressize_check(rqstp, p);
--- 374,381 ----
nfssvc_encode_diropres(struct svc_rqst *rqstp, u32 *p,
struct nfsd_diropres *resp)
{
! if ( resp->fh.fh_dentry == NULL ||
! !(p = encode_fh(p, &resp->fh))
|| !(p = encode_fattr(rqstp, p, resp->fh.fh_dentry->d_inode)))
return 0;
return xdr_ressize_check(rqstp, p);
***************
*** 392,398 ****
nfssvc_encode_readres(struct svc_rqst *rqstp, u32 *p,
struct nfsd_readres *resp)
{
! if (!(p = encode_fattr(rqstp, p, resp->fh.fh_dentry->d_inode)))
return 0;
*p++ = htonl(resp->count);
p += XDR_QUADLEN(resp->count);
--- 394,401 ----
nfssvc_encode_readres(struct svc_rqst *rqstp, u32 *p,
struct nfsd_readres *resp)
{
! if ( resp->fh.fh_dentry == NULL ||
! !(p = encode_fattr(rqstp, p, resp->fh.fh_dentry->d_inode)))
return 0;
*p++ = htonl(resp->count);
p += XDR_QUADLEN(resp->count);


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