Re: [patch 02/52] fs: fix superblock iteration race

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Tue Jun 29 2010 - 13:52:44 EST

On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 10:41 AM, Nick Piggin <npiggin@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 10:35:47AM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>> I'll apply it. We have a couple of oopses listed for the superblock
>> iterator, and I haven't heard from Al. And the patch looks obviously
>> fine, whether it's actually the cause of some of the bugs or not.
> OK. I only have managed to get it into an infininte loop but I think
> it would be surely possible to oops it because the next pointer can
> be uninitialised memory at that point.

Look for "2.6.35-rc3 oops trying to suspend" on lkml, for example. No
guarantee that it's the same thing, but it's "iterate_supers()"
getting an oops when it does "down_read(&sb->s_umount)". Which really
looks suspiciously like "sb" just being totally bogus, most likely
because of this same issue.

So I dunno, but I asked Al to look at it, and haven't heard back.

Regardless, I think your patch is the right thing to do (modulo any
syntactic issues - and I think your final version was the best of the

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