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Date:	Sat,  8 Sep 2012 09:49:37 -0300
From:	Carlos Maiolino <>
Cc:	Carlos Maiolino <>
Subject: [PATCH] ext4: fix possible non-initialized variable

htree_dirblock_to_tree() declares a non-initialized 'err' variable, which is
passed as a reference to another functions expecting them to set this variable
with thei error codes.
It's passed to ext4_bread(), which then passes it to ext4_getblk(). If
ext4_map_blocks() returns 0 due to a lookup failure, leaving the ext4_getblk()
buffer_head uninitialized, it will make ext4_getblk() return to ext4_bread()
without initialize the 'err' variable, and ext4_bread() will return to
htree_dirblock_to_tree() with this variable still uninitialized.
htree_dirblock_to_tree() will pass this variable with garbage back to
ext4_htree_fill_tree(), which expects a number of directory entries added to the
rb-tree. which, in case, might return a fake non-zero value due the garbage left
in the 'err' variable, leading the kernel to an Oops in ext4_dx_readdir(), once
this is expecting a filled rb-tree node, when in turn it will have a NULL-ed
one, causing an invalid page request when trying to get a fname struct from
this NULL-ed rb-tree node in this line:

fname = rb_entry(info->curr_node, struct fname, rb_hash);

The patch itself initializes the err variable in htree_dirblock_to_tree() to
avoid usage mistakes by the called functions, and also fix ext4_getblk() to
return a initialized 'err' variable when ext4_map_blocks() fails a

Signed-off-by: Carlos Maiolino <>
 fs/ext4/inode.c | 2 +-
 fs/ext4/namei.c | 2 +-
 2 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/ext4/inode.c b/fs/ext4/inode.c
index dff171c..80fae26 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/inode.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/inode.c
@@ -723,7 +723,7 @@ struct buffer_head *ext4_getblk(handle_t *handle, struct inode *inode,
 	struct ext4_map_blocks map;
 	struct buffer_head *bh;
-	int fatal = 0, err;
+	int fatal = 0, err = 0;
 	J_ASSERT(handle != NULL || create == 0);
diff --git a/fs/ext4/namei.c b/fs/ext4/namei.c
index 2a42cc0..262f863 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/namei.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/namei.c
@@ -839,7 +839,7 @@ static int htree_dirblock_to_tree(struct file *dir_file,
 	struct buffer_head *bh;
 	struct ext4_dir_entry_2 *de, *top;
-	int err, count = 0;
+	int err = 0, count = 0;
 	dxtrace(printk(KERN_INFO "In htree dirblock_to_tree: block %lu\n",
 							(unsigned long)block));

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