Re: [git pull] mnt_devname queue

From: Xiaotian Feng
Date: Thu Mar 17 2011 - 03:28:55 EST

On Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 3:23 PM, Al Viro <viro@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 01:45:33PM +0800, Xiaotian Feng wrote:
>> I guess we need also switch pstore from ->get_sb() to ->mount()
>> fs/pstore/inode.c:253: error: unknown field ???get_sb??? specified in initializer
>> fs/pstore/inode.c:253: warning: initialization makes integer from
>> pointer without a cast
>> fs/pstore/inode.c:253: error: initializer element is not computable at load time
>> fs/pstore/inode.c:253: error: (near initialization for
>> ???pstore_fs_type.fs_flags???)
> Yes. ÂI've just looked at that thing and I see several, er, issues.

Cc'ed author ...

> a) What the hell would you expect to happen if userland mounts it twice
> and unmount the first one? Âpstore_sb = NULL, pstore_mnt = NULL, AFAICS.
> b) pstore_writefile() - struct file on stack? ÂReally? ÂAgain, in the
> scenario above, what'll happen to you if pstore_mnt gets dropped and
> freed in the middle of all that?
> c) in the same function:
> + Â Â Â memset(&f, '0', sizeof f);
> Ahem...
> d)
> + Â Â Â Â Â Â Â if (pstore_is_mounted())
> + Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â pstore_mkfile(PSTORE_TYPE_DMESG, psinfo->name, id,
> + Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â psinfo->buf, hsize + l1_cpy + l2_cpy,
> + Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â CURRENT_TIME, psinfo->erase);
> And what happens if it's unmounted between the check and use? Âpstore_mkfile()
> pretty much starts with dereferencing pstore_sb...
> e) as the matter of fact, what happens if it's unmounted in the _middle_ of
> pstore_mkfile()?
> f) in general it's a lousy policy to tie that kind of difference in behaviour
> to "somebody has it mounted someplace at the moment", even without the races
> a-la (a)...
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