[PATCH 4.17 14/97] make sure that __dentry_kill() always invalidates d_seq, unhashed or not

From: Greg Kroah-Hartman
Date: Tue Aug 14 2018 - 13:28:40 EST

4.17-stable review patch. If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Al Viro <viro@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

commit 4c0d7cd5c8416b1ef41534d19163cb07ffaa03ab upstream.

RCU pathwalk relies upon the assumption that anything that changes
->d_inode of a dentry will invalidate its ->d_seq. That's almost
true - the one exception is that the final dput() of already unhashed
dentry does *not* touch ->d_seq at all. Unhashing does, though,
so for anything we'd found by RCU dcache lookup we are fine.
Unfortunately, we can *start* with an unhashed dentry or jump into

We could try and be careful in the (few) places where that could
happen. Or we could just make the final dput() invalidate the damn
thing, unhashed or not. The latter is much simpler and easier to
backport, so let's do it that way.

Reported-by: "Dae R. Jeong" <threeearcat@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: stable@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Signed-off-by: Al Viro <viro@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

fs/dcache.c | 7 ++-----
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

--- a/fs/dcache.c
+++ b/fs/dcache.c
@@ -358,14 +358,11 @@ static void dentry_unlink_inode(struct d
struct inode *inode = dentry->d_inode;
- bool hashed = !d_unhashed(dentry);

- if (hashed)
- raw_write_seqcount_begin(&dentry->d_seq);
+ raw_write_seqcount_begin(&dentry->d_seq);
- if (hashed)
- raw_write_seqcount_end(&dentry->d_seq);
+ raw_write_seqcount_end(&dentry->d_seq);
if (!inode->i_nlink)