Re: [PATCH 1/2] ext4: fix warning about stack corruption

From: Arnd Bergmann
Date: Sun Aug 06 2017 - 16:34:33 EST

On Sun, Aug 6, 2017 at 3:53 AM, Theodore Ts'o <tytso@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 01, 2017 at 02:04:03PM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
>> There is one remaining issue with the function that I'm not addressing
>> here: With s_blocksize_bits==16, we don't actually print the last two
>> members of the array, as we loop though just the first 14 members.
>> This could be easily addressed by adding two extra columns in the output,
>> but that could in theory break parsers in user space, and should be
>> a separate patch if we decide to modify it.
> Actually, the counters array is blocksize_bits+2 in length. So for
> all block sizes greater than 4k (blocksize_bits == 12), we're not
> iterating over all of the free space counters maintained by mballoc.

Ah, makes sense.

> However, since most Linux systems run architectures where the page
> size is 4k, and the Linux VM really doesn't easily support file system
> block sizes greater than the page size, this really isn't an issue
> except on Itanics and Power systems.

Red Hat also build their arm64 kernels with 64k pages for some odd
reason I could never quite understand.

> Thanks, I'll apply this patch.