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Date:   Mon, 12 Mar 2018 23:21:55 +0800
From:   Eryu Guan <>
Cc:     Theodore Ts'o <>, Jan Kara <>,
        Eryu Guan <>
Subject: [PATCH v2 1/2] ext4: protect i_disksize update by i_data_sem in direct write path

i_disksize update should be protected by i_data_sem, by either taking
the lock explicitly or by using ext4_update_i_disksize() helper. But the
i_disksize updates in ext4_direct_IO_write() are not protected at all,
which may be racing with i_disksize updates in writeback path in
delalloc buffer write path.

This is found by code inspection, and I didn't hit any i_disksize
corruption due to this bug. Thanks to Jan Kara for catching this bug and
suggesting the fix!

Reported-by: Jan Kara <>
Suggested-by: Jan Kara <>
Signed-off-by: Eryu Guan <>

There's no v1 version of this patch.

It's a bit unfortunate that I have to remove the "ei" definition in this
patch and reintroduce it in patch 2/2, otherwise I got transient
"defined but not used" build warning with only this patch applied.

 fs/ext4/inode.c | 5 ++---
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/ext4/inode.c b/fs/ext4/inode.c
index c94780075b04..bff44b4a0783 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/inode.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/inode.c
@@ -3658,7 +3658,6 @@ static ssize_t ext4_direct_IO_write(struct kiocb *iocb, struct iov_iter *iter)
 	struct file *file = iocb->ki_filp;
 	struct inode *inode = file->f_mapping->host;
-	struct ext4_inode_info *ei = EXT4_I(inode);
 	ssize_t ret;
 	loff_t offset = iocb->ki_pos;
 	size_t count = iov_iter_count(iter);
@@ -3682,7 +3681,7 @@ static ssize_t ext4_direct_IO_write(struct kiocb *iocb, struct iov_iter *iter)
 			goto out;
 		orphan = 1;
-		ei->i_disksize = inode->i_size;
+		ext4_update_i_disksize(inode, inode->i_size);
@@ -3790,7 +3789,7 @@ static ssize_t ext4_direct_IO_write(struct kiocb *iocb, struct iov_iter *iter)
 		if (ret > 0) {
 			loff_t end = offset + ret;
 			if (end > inode->i_size) {
-				ei->i_disksize = end;
+				ext4_update_i_disksize(inode, end);
 				i_size_write(inode, end);
 				 * We're going to return a positive `ret'

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