Re: ext4_file_open: Inconsistent encryption contexts (commit ff978b09f973) breaking Docker

From: Theodore Ts'o
Date: Thu Mar 10 2016 - 21:15:22 EST

On Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 11:44:54AM +1100, Daniel Axtens wrote:
> Hi,
> Trying to run a Docker container on a mainline kernel is failing
> intermittently, in interesting and exciting ways, such as:
> $ docker run -it --rm --env PACKAGE=sinatra npmtest
> operation not permitted
> docker: Error response from daemon: Cannot start container 4fc0120a6389f25241f84527a0d31854806f6fe4fd98d019f790cea0ae7e230b: [10] System error: operation not permitted.
> EXT4-fs warning (device sda2): ext4_file_open:402: Inconsistent encryption contexts: 27842/3691208

This could only happen if the EXT4_ENCRYPT_FL flag is set. (I assume
you weren't actually trying to use ext4 encryption.) The flag can't
be set using the FS_IOC_SETFLAGS ioctl. It can only be set using

The only thing I can think of is that overlayfs is somehow setting or
otherwise corrupting the i_flags.

So if you could try changing the relevant code in ext4_file_open() to
look like this:

if (ext4_encrypted_inode(dir) &&
!ext4_is_child_context_consistent_with_parent(dir, inode)) {
char tmpbuf[128];

"Inconsistent encryption contexts: %lu/%lu\n",
(unsigned long) dir->i_ino,
(unsigned long) inode->i_ino);
cp = d_path(&filp->f_path, tmpbuf, sizeof(tmpbuf));
if (!IS_ERR(cp))
pr_err("pathname: %s\n", cp);
pr_err("inode flags: %lu\n", EXT4_I(inode)->i_flags);
return -EPERM;

This should give you the stack trace as well as the pathname and inode
flag information. This will hopefully give us a bit more context
about how this is happening.

- Ted