Re: [PATCH v9 11/12] libnvdimm/pfn: Fix fsdax-mode namespace info-block zero-fields

From: Dan Williams
Date: Thu Jun 06 2019 - 18:10:50 EST

On Thu, Jun 6, 2019 at 2:46 PM Andrew Morton <akpm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Wed, 05 Jun 2019 14:58:58 -0700 Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > At namespace creation time there is the potential for the "expected to
> > be zero" fields of a 'pfn' info-block to be filled with indeterminate
> > data. While the kernel buffer is zeroed on allocation it is immediately
> > overwritten by nd_pfn_validate() filling it with the current contents of
> > the on-media info-block location. For fields like, 'flags' and the
> > 'padding' it potentially means that future implementations can not rely
> > on those fields being zero.
> >
> > In preparation to stop using the 'start_pad' and 'end_trunc' fields for
> > section alignment, arrange for fields that are not explicitly
> > initialized to be guaranteed zero. Bump the minor version to indicate it
> > is safe to assume the 'padding' and 'flags' are zero. Otherwise, this
> > corruption is expected to benign since all other critical fields are
> > explicitly initialized.
> >
> > Fixes: 32ab0a3f5170 ("libnvdimm, pmem: 'struct page' for pmem")
> > Cc: <stable@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > Signed-off-by: Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@xxxxxxxxx>
> The cc:stable in [11/12] seems odd. Is this independent of the other
> patches? If so, shouldn't it be a standalone thing which can be
> prioritized?

The cc: stable is about spreading this new policy to as many kernels
as possible not fixing an issue in those kernels. It's not until patch
12 "libnvdimm/pfn: Stop padding pmem namespaces to section alignment"
as all previous kernel do initialize all fields.

I'd be ok to drop that cc: stable, my concern is distros that somehow
pickup and backport patch 12 and miss patch 11.