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Subject[PATCH 4.4 009/131] ext4: brelse all indirect buffer in ext4_ind_remove_space()
4.4-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: zhangyi (F) <>

commit 674a2b27234d1b7afcb0a9162e81b2e53aeef217 upstream.

All indirect buffers get by ext4_find_shared() should be released no
mater the branch should be freed or not. But now, we forget to release
the lower depth indirect buffers when removing space from the same
higher depth indirect block. It will lead to buffer leak and futher
more, it may lead to quota information corruption when using old quota,
consider the following case.

- Create and mount an empty ext4 filesystem without extent and quota
- quotacheck and enable the user & group quota,
- Create some files and write some data to them, and then punch hole
to some files of them, it may trigger the buffer leak problem
mentioned above.
- Disable quota and run quotacheck again, it will create two new
aquota files and write the checked quota information to them, which
probably may reuse the freed indirect block(the buffer and page
cache was not freed) as data block.
- Enable quota again, it will invoke
vfs_load_quota_inode()->invalidate_bdev() to try to clean unused
buffers and pagecache. Unfortunately, because of the buffer of quota
data block is still referenced, quota code cannot read the up to date
quota info from the device and lead to quota information corruption.

This problem can be reproduced by xfstests generic/231 on ext3 file
system or ext4 file system without extent and quota features.

This patch fix this problem by releasing the missing indirect buffers,
in ext4_ind_remove_space().

Reported-by: Hulk Robot <>
Signed-off-by: zhangyi (F) <>
Signed-off-by: Theodore Ts'o <>
Reviewed-by: Jan Kara <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

fs/ext4/indirect.c | 12 ++++++++----
1 file changed, 8 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

--- a/fs/ext4/indirect.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/indirect.c
@@ -1491,10 +1491,14 @@ end_range:
partial->p + 1,
(chain+n-1) - partial);
- BUFFER_TRACE(partial->bh, "call brelse");
- brelse(partial->bh);
- BUFFER_TRACE(partial2->bh, "call brelse");
- brelse(partial2->bh);
+ while (partial > chain) {
+ BUFFER_TRACE(partial->bh, "call brelse");
+ brelse(partial->bh);
+ }
+ while (partial2 > chain2) {
+ BUFFER_TRACE(partial2->bh, "call brelse");
+ brelse(partial2->bh);
+ }
return 0;

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