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Subject[PATCH 3.16.y-ckt 143/144] NFS: fix BUG() crash in notify_change() with patch to chown_common()
3.16.7-ckt10 -stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Andrew Elble <>

commit c1b8940b42bb6487b10f2267a96b486276ce9ff7 upstream.

We have observed a BUG() crash in fs/attr.c:notify_change(). The crash
occurs during an rsync into a filesystem that is exported via NFS.

1.) fs/attr.c:notify_change() modifies the caller's version of attr.
2.) 6de0ec00ba8d ("VFS: make notify_change pass ATTR_KILL_S*ID to
setattr operations") introduced a BUG() restriction such that "no
function will ever call notify_change() with both ATTR_MODE and
ATTR_KILL_S*ID set". Under some circumstances though, it will have
assisted in setting the caller's version of attr to this very
3.) 27ac0ffeac80 ("locks: break delegations on any attribute
modification") introduced code to handle breaking
delegations. This can result in notify_change() being re-called. attr
_must_ be explicitly reset to avoid triggering the BUG() established
in #2.
4.) The path that that triggers this is via fs/open.c:chmod_common().
The combination of attr flags set here and in the first call to
notify_change() along with a later failed break_deleg_wait()
results in notify_change() being called again via retry_deleg
without resetting attr.

Solution is to move retry_deleg in chmod_common() a bit further up to
ensure attr is completely reset.

There are other places where this seemingly could occur, such as
fs/utimes.c:utimes_common(), but the attr flags are not initially
set in such a way to trigger this.

Fixes: 27ac0ffeac80 ("locks: break delegations on any attribute modification")
Reported-by: Eric Meddaugh <>
Tested-by: Eric Meddaugh <>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Elble <>
Signed-off-by: Al Viro <>
Cc: J. Bruce Fields <>
Signed-off-by: Luis Henriques <>
fs/open.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/fs/open.c b/fs/open.c
index d6fd3acde134..50f5144f31ab 100644
--- a/fs/open.c
+++ b/fs/open.c
@@ -558,6 +558,7 @@ static int chown_common(struct path *path, uid_t user, gid_t group)
uid = make_kuid(current_user_ns(), user);
gid = make_kgid(current_user_ns(), group);

newattrs.ia_valid = ATTR_CTIME;
if (user != (uid_t) -1) {
if (!uid_valid(uid))
@@ -574,7 +575,6 @@ static int chown_common(struct path *path, uid_t user, gid_t group)
if (!S_ISDIR(inode->i_mode))
newattrs.ia_valid |=
error = security_path_chown(path, uid, gid);
if (!error)

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