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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 02/46] fs: d_validate fixes
    On Wed, Dec 08, 2010 at 05:59:55PM +1100, Nick Piggin wrote:
    > On Wed, Dec 08, 2010 at 12:53:44PM +1100, Dave Chinner wrote:
    > > On Sat, Nov 27, 2010 at 08:44:32PM +1100, Nick Piggin wrote:
    > > > d_validate has been broken for a long time.
    > > >
    > > > kmem_ptr_validate does not guarantee that a pointer can be dereferenced
    > > > if it can go away at any time. Even rcu_read_lock doesn't help, because
    > > > the pointer might be queued in RCU callbacks but not executed yet.
    > > >
    > > > So the parent cannot be checked, nor the name hashed. The dentry pointer
    > > > can not be touched until it can be verified under lock. Hashing simply
    > > > cannot be used.
    > > >
    > > > Instead, verify the parent/child relationship by traversing parent's
    > > > d_child list. It's slow, but only ncpfs and the destaged smbfs care
    > > > about it, at this point.
    > >
    > > I'd drop the previous revert patch and just convert the RCU hash
    > > traversal straight to the d_child traversal code you introduce here.
    > > This is a much better explanation of why the d_validate mechanism
    > > needs to be changed, and the revert is really an unnecessary extra
    > > step...
    > Has to be backported, though.

    Backported where? The d_validate() change only got included in .37-rc1.

    > Patch that is to be reverted obviously
    > adds more brokenness and is a good example that you cannot dget() under
    > rcu read protection even if the rest of the surrounding function is
    > bugfree. I wouldn't have thought it's a big deal.

    Reverting something broken to something already broken just to fix
    to the less broken version seems like an unnecessary step. Just
    fix the brokenneѕs in a single patch - no need to indirect the real
    fix through a revert. One less patch to worry about.


    Dave Chinner
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