Re: [PATCH] Revert "debugfs: ->d_parent is never NULL or negative"

From: Al Viro
Date: Thu Oct 06 2016 - 18:41:29 EST

On Thu, Oct 06, 2016 at 11:37:29PM +0100, Al Viro wrote:

> If you ever get NULL in ->d_parent of struct dentry instance, you are
> practically certain to have a dangling pointer to memory that used to
> contain a struct dentry at some point but got freed and reused since then.

... which is what happens in your case, apparently. ->stats is still
pointing to a dentry that had just been freed and its memory reused.