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Subject[Q] FAT driver enhancement

A while ago I initiated a thread about mounting a NTFS partition as FAT
partition. The problem is that FAT partitions do not have a real
fingerprint, so the FAT driver mounts almost anything.

The current 2.5 driver only tests if some values in the bootsector are
non-zero. IMHO, this is not strict enough. For example, the number of FATs
is always 1 or 2 (anyone ever seen more ?). Besides, when there are two
FATs, all entries in those FATs should be equal. If they are not, we deal
with a non-FAT or broken FAT partition, and we should not mount.

It's not a real fingerprint, but what are the chances all sectors of what
we think is the FAT are equal on non-FAT filesystems ? Yes, when you just
did a

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/partition; mkfs.somefs /dev/partition

there is a chance, but that's an empty filesystem. Data corruption isn't
that bad on an empty disk. We know that a FAT is at the beginning of a
partition and I assume that any other filesystem will fill up those first
sectors very soon.


1) How do you think about the checking of the FAT tables ? It definitely
will slow down the mount.
2) If I implement it, where shoud it go ? At the moment, I hacked
fat_read_super, for there the FAT fs is validated, but I got the
feeling this is not the place to be.
3) Anyone seen more than two FATs on a filesystem ? Can I assume there is
a limit ?
4) Comments, anyone ?


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