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Subject[PATCH 3/4] vfs: change sb->s_maxbytes to a loff_t
sb->s_maxbytes is supposed to indicate the maximum size of a file that
can exist on the filesystem. It's declared as an unsigned long long.

Even if a filesystem has no inherent limit that prevents it from using
every bit in that unsigned long long, it's still problematic to set it
to anything larger than MAX_LFS_FILESIZE. A lot of places implicitly
cast s_maxbytes to a signed value when doing comparisons against it
(usually using loff_t on the other side of the comparison). If it's
set too large then this cast makes it a negative number and generally
breaks the comparison.

Change s_maxbytes to be loff_t instead. That should help eliminate the
temptation to set it too large by making it a signed value.

Signed-off-by: Jeff Layton <>
fs/super.c | 10 ++++++++++
include/linux/fs.h | 2 +-
2 files changed, 11 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/super.c b/fs/super.c
index 2761d3e..929d55d 100644
--- a/fs/super.c
+++ b/fs/super.c
@@ -889,6 +889,16 @@ vfs_kern_mount(struct file_system_type *type, int flags, const char *name, void
if (error)
goto out_sb;

+ /*
+ * filesystems should never set s_maxbytes larger than MAX_LFS_FILESIZE
+ * but s_maxbytes was an unsigned long long for many releases. Throw
+ * this warning for a little while to try and catch filesystems that
+ * violate this rule. This warning can be removed in 2.6.34.
+ */
+ WARN(((unsigned long long) mnt->mnt_sb->s_maxbytes > MAX_LFS_FILESIZE),
+ "WARNING: %s sets sb->s_maxbytes too large (%llu)", type->name,
+ (unsigned long long) mnt->mnt_sb->s_maxbytes);
mnt->mnt_mountpoint = mnt->mnt_root;
mnt->mnt_parent = mnt;
diff --git a/include/linux/fs.h b/include/linux/fs.h
index a36ffa5..25d9743 100644
--- a/include/linux/fs.h
+++ b/include/linux/fs.h
@@ -1316,7 +1316,7 @@ struct super_block {
unsigned long s_blocksize;
unsigned char s_blocksize_bits;
unsigned char s_dirt;
- unsigned long long s_maxbytes; /* Max file size */
+ loff_t s_maxbytes; /* Max file size */
struct file_system_type *s_type;
const struct super_operations *s_op;
struct dquot_operations *dq_op;

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