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Date:	Mon, 2 Jun 2008 14:29:48 +0530
From:	"Aneesh Kumar K.V" <aneesh.kumar@...ux.vnet.ibm.com>
To:	Theodore Tso <tytso@....edu>
Cc:	cmm@...ibm.com, sandeen@...hat.com, linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org,
	alex@...sterfs.com, adilger@....com
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ext4: Fix use of uninitialized data

On Sun, Jun 01, 2008 at 08:08:42PM -0400, Theodore Tso wrote:
> On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 12:17:11AM +0530, Aneesh Kumar K.V wrote:
> > @@ -3134,8 +3135,7 @@ static void ext4_mb_use_inode_pa(struct ext4_allocation_context *ac,
> >  static void ext4_mb_use_group_pa(struct ext4_allocation_context *ac,
> >  				struct ext4_prealloc_space *pa)
> >  {
> > -	unsigned len = ac->ac_o_ex.fe_len;
> > -
> > +	unsigned int len = ac->ac_o_ex.fe_len;
> >  	ext4_get_group_no_and_offset(ac->ac_sb, pa->pa_pstart,
> >  					&ac->ac_b_ex.fe_group,
> >  					&ac->ac_b_ex.fe_start);
> > -- 
> 
> This change had nothing to do with fixing the use of unitialized data,
> but when I started looking more closely, it raised a potential signed
> vs. unsigned issue: ac_o_ex is a struct ext4_free_extent, and fe_len
> is an int.
> 
> So here we are assigning an int to an unsigned int.  Later, len is
> assigned to ac_b_ex.len, which means assigning an unsigned int to an
> int.  In other places, fe_len (an int) is compared against pa_free
> (which is an unsigned short), and fe_len gets assined to pa_free, once
> again mixing signed and unsigned.
> 
> Can someone who is really familiar with this code check this out?  I
> think the following pseudo-patch to mballoc.h might be in order:
> 
>  struct ext4_free_extent {
>  	ext4_lblk_t fe_logical;
>  	ext4_grpblk_t fe_start;
>  	ext4_group_t fe_group;
> -	int fe_len;
> +	unsigned int fe_len;
>  };
> 

Looks correct. We have some BUG_ON that is doing fe_len <= 0. May be we
need to remove  the < part.

-aneesh
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