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SubjectRe: [PATCH] add check do_direct_IO() return val
On Tue, 2007-07-31 at 12:35 +0800, Joe Jin wrote:
> > Hmm.. in this config file, whats causing DIO to panic ? Which test actually
> > passing faulty buffer ?
> >
> By my testing, just defined job3 and job10 will also get the panic, but if
> only have one of them, panic will not appear. the faulty buffer maybe passed
> by mmap.

Okay. Here is the fix for the problem.

Here is whats happening in this case:

Faulty user-buffer caused -EFAULT to be returned from do_direct_IO().
We go into dio_zero_block() to see if we need to zero out sections of
the block (if IO size < blocksize case). It checks if the buffer is
newly allocation by doing buffer_new(bh). map_bh is NOT initialized and
never went through get_block() code. So, its possible to pass the check
and end up submitting a page wrongly and causing the oops.

Fix is to initialize the buffer state.


Need to initialize map_bh.b_state to zero. Otherwise, in case of
a faulty user-buffer its possible to go into dio_zero_block()
and submit a page by mistake - since it checks for buffer_new().

Signed-off-by: Badari Pulavarty <>
fs/direct-io.c | 1 +
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)

Index: linux-2.6.23-rc1/fs/direct-io.c
--- linux-2.6.23-rc1.orig/fs/direct-io.c 2007-07-22 13:41:00.000000000 -0700
+++ linux-2.6.23-rc1/fs/direct-io.c 2007-07-31 15:13:44.000000000 -0700
@@ -974,6 +974,7 @@ direct_io_worker(int rw, struct kiocb *i
dio->get_block = get_block;
dio->end_io = end_io;
dio->map_bh.b_private = NULL;
+ dio->map_bh.b_state = 0;
dio->final_block_in_bio = -1;
dio->next_block_for_io = -1;

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