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Date:	Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:27:04 -0400
From:	Theodore Ts'o <>
Cc:, Tao Ma <>,
	"Theodore Ts'o" <>
Subject: [PATCH 2/2] ext4: use s_csum_seed instead of i_csum_seed for xattr block

From: Tao Ma <>

commit 41eb70dde42b2360074a559a6f1fc49860a50179 upstream.

In xattr block operation, we use h_refcount to indicate whether the
xattr block is shared among many inodes. And xattr block csum uses
s_csum_seed if it is shared and i_csum_seed if it belongs to
one inode. But this has a problem. So consider the block is shared
first bewteen inode A and B, and B has some xattr update and CoW
the xattr block. When it updates the *old* xattr block(because
of the h_refcount change) and calls ext4_xattr_release_block, we
has no idea that inode A is the real owner of the *old* xattr
block and we can't use the i_csum_seed of inode A either in xattr
block csum calculation. And I don't think we have an easy way to
find inode A.

So this patch just removes the tricky i_csum_seed and we now uses
s_csum_seed every time for the xattr block csum. The corresponding
patch for the e2fsprogs will be sent in another patch.

This is spotted by xfstests 117.

Signed-off-by: Tao Ma <>
Signed-off-by: "Theodore Ts'o" <>
Acked-by: Darrick J. Wong <>
[ Sorry, I forgot to tag these with -- Ted ]

 fs/ext4/xattr.c | 11 ++++-------
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/ext4/xattr.c b/fs/ext4/xattr.c
index e56c9ed..2cdb98d 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/xattr.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/xattr.c
@@ -127,19 +127,16 @@ static __le32 ext4_xattr_block_csum(struct inode *inode,
 				    struct ext4_xattr_header *hdr)
 	struct ext4_sb_info *sbi = EXT4_SB(inode->i_sb);
-	struct ext4_inode_info *ei = EXT4_I(inode);
 	__u32 csum, old;
 	old = hdr->h_checksum;
 	hdr->h_checksum = 0;
-	if (le32_to_cpu(hdr->h_refcount) != 1) {
-		block_nr = cpu_to_le64(block_nr);
-		csum = ext4_chksum(sbi, sbi->s_csum_seed, (__u8 *)&block_nr,
-				   sizeof(block_nr));
-	} else
-		csum = ei->i_csum_seed;
+	block_nr = cpu_to_le64(block_nr);
+	csum = ext4_chksum(sbi, sbi->s_csum_seed, (__u8 *)&block_nr,
+			   sizeof(block_nr));
 	csum = ext4_chksum(sbi, csum, (__u8 *)hdr,
 	hdr->h_checksum = old;
 	return cpu_to_le32(csum);

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