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From: Mark Fasheh <>
To: Al Viro <>
	Andrew Morton <>,
	Amir Goldstein <>,, Jeff Mahoney <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2/4] nfs: check for NULL vfsmount in nfs_getattr
Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2018 02:04:46 +0000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Hi Al,

On Thu, Aug 02, 2018 at 01:43:48AM +0100, Al Viro wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 31, 2018 at 10:51:57PM +0000, Mark Fasheh wrote:
> > Hi Al,
> > 
> > On Tue, Jul 31, 2018 at 11:16:05PM +0100, Al Viro wrote:
> > > On Tue, Jul 31, 2018 at 02:10:43PM -0700, Mark Fasheh wrote:
> > > > ->getattr from inside the kernel won't always have a vfsmount, check for
> > > > this.
> > > 
> > > Really?  Where would that happen?
> > 
> > It happens in my first patch. FWIW, I'm not tied to that particular bit of
> > code, or even this (latest) approach. I would actually very much appreciate
> > your input into how we might fix the problem we have where we are sometimes
> > not exporting a correct ino/dev pair to user space.
> Which callers would those be?  I don't see anything in your series that
> wouldn't have vfsmount at hand...

You are correct - there's no callers in my patch series that don't have a
vfsmount available. I can remove patch #2 and pass the vfsmount through.

At some point I was trying to plug this callback into audit_copy_inode()
which AFAICT doesn't have a vfsmount to pass in when we're coming from
vfs_rename (vfs_rename() -> fsnotify_move()). I will eventually have to go
back and handle this for audit though so it seems worth mentioning here.

> > I have a good break-down of the problem and possible solutions here:
> > 
> >
> btrfs pulling odd crap with device numbers is a problem, but this is far from
> the most obvious unpleasantness caused by that - e.g. userland code expecting
> that unequal st_dev for directory and subdirectory means that we have
> a mountpoint there.  Or assuming it can compare that to st_dev of mountpoints
> (or, indeed, the values in /proc/self/mountinfo) to find which fs it's on...

Indeed, I agree that all of these are pretty gross and things I'd like to
see fixed - I have to deal with subvolume boundaries in some of my own
software. I know Jeff is working on some code to give subvolumes their own
vfsmount but that wouldn't help with our device reporting unless we did
something like move s_dev from the super_block to the vfsmount (also an idea
that's been thrown around).

> /proc/*/maps is unfortunate, but it does contain the pathnames, doesn't it?
> What _real_ problems are there - the ones where we don't have a saner solution?
> Note that /proc/locks is (a) FPOS interface and (b) unsuitable for your
> approach anyway.

Yeah I see now that /proc/locks isn't going to work with something calling
into ->getattr().

Primarily my concerns are /proc/*/maps and audit (which is recording ino/dev
pairs). Even though /proc/*/maps prints a path it is still a problem as
there is no way for userspace to verify that the inode it stats using that
path is the correct one.

I don't mean to overstate the case but the /proc/*/maps issue is real to us
(SUSE) in that it's produced bug reports. For example, lsof produces
confusing output when we run with a btrfs subvolume as root.

As far as problems that can't be solved by this approach - there are
tracepoints in events/lock.h and events/writeback.h which ought to be
reporting the correct ino/dev pairs. There's of course /proc/locks too. I
acknowledge that whether those are severe enough to warrant a different
approach might be up for debate.


  reply	other threads:[~2018-08-03  3:58 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 17+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-07-31 21:10 [RFC PATCH 0/4] vfs: map unique ino/dev pairs for user space Mark Fasheh
2018-07-31 21:10 ` [PATCH 1/4] vfs: introduce function to map unique ino/dev pairs Mark Fasheh
2018-07-31 23:21   ` Mark Fasheh
2018-08-01  5:41     ` Amir Goldstein
2018-08-01 15:59       ` Mark Fasheh
2018-07-31 21:10 ` [PATCH 2/4] nfs: check for NULL vfsmount in nfs_getattr Mark Fasheh
2018-07-31 22:16   ` Al Viro
2018-07-31 22:51     ` Mark Fasheh
2018-08-02  0:43       ` Al Viro
2018-08-03  2:04         ` Mark Fasheh [this message]
2018-07-31 21:10 ` [PATCH 3/4] proc: use vfs helper to get ino/dev pairs for maps file Mark Fasheh
2018-07-31 21:10 ` [PATCH 4/4] locks: map correct ino/dev pairs when exporting to userspace Mark Fasheh
2018-08-01  5:37   ` Amir Goldstein
2018-08-01 17:45     ` Mark Fasheh
2018-08-01 11:03   ` Jeff Layton
2018-08-01 20:38     ` Mark Fasheh
2018-08-02  0:24 ` [RFC PATCH 0/4] vfs: map unique ino/dev pairs for user space J. R. Okajima

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