Re: [PATCH] Mounting on floating mounts is possible

From: Mike Waychison
Date: Mon Nov 08 2004 - 13:06:55 EST

Hash: SHA1

Björn Steinbrink wrote:
> On Mon, 08 Nov 2004 11:20:27 -0500
> Mike Waychison <Michael.Waychison@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>>Björn Steinbrink wrote:
>>>this[1] patch changed check_mnt() so that mounting on a floating
>>>mount(i.e. one that was unmounted using MNT_DETACH and was still in
>>>use) is possible, since we no longer check if the mountpoint is
>>>actually reachable. The problem is that we may lose any reference to
>>>the floating mount, but the mount on it will keep it alive, thus it
>>>will never go away. The following patch removes the reference from
>>>the mount to its namespace when it is unmounted lazily, so that
>>>check_mnt protects from such mounts.
>>>Please CC me as I'm not subscribed to the list.
>>>diff -uNr --minimal a/fs/namespace.c b/fs/namespace.c
>>>--- a/fs/namespace.c 2004-10-31 00:41:02.000000000 +0200
>>>+++ b/fs/namespace.c 2004-11-06 04:38:37.299013810 +0100
>>>@@ -358,6 +358,7 @@
>>> } else {
>>> struct nameidata old_nd;
>>> detach_mnt(mnt, &old_nd);
>>>+ mnt->mnt_namespace = NULL;
>>> spin_unlock(&vfsmount_lock);
>>> path_release(&old_nd);
>>> }
>>I don't think this patch clears mnt_namespace for the root of the
>>umounted tree. How about this?
> The root mount of the umounted tree is not detached yet, i.e. it has
> mnt->mnt_parent != mnt and is detached in the else-branch, so that is
> handled fine (at least my tests said so ;).
> Only detached mounts and the namespace's root mount (that's the rootfs
> mount IIRC) have mnt->mnt_parent==mnt. And we have two cases here:
> a) already detached mount, this cannot happen. The only possibility to
> get a detached mount into umount is the same we currently have with
> mount, some process kept a reference and used a relative path. But
> with the patch we would already bail out in check_mnt earlier in this
> case.
> b) root mount, is not detached so all mounts are still reachable
> and can be unmounted as usual.

Yup. Okay, I got confused somewhere.

FWIW, the autofsng patchset I sent out a while ago I moved all the
mnt_namespace accounting into attach_mnt and detach_mnt. It also allows
detached mounts to be trees..

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