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Date:   Thu, 17 Jan 2019 18:58:51 +0800
From:   "zhangyi (F)" <>
To:     Jan Kara <>
CC:     <>, <>,
        <>, <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] jbd2: make sure dirty flag is cleared while revorking
 a buffer which belongs to older transaction

On 2019/1/16 22:36, Jan Kara Wrote:
> On Wed 16-01-19 21:38:23, zhangyi (F) wrote:
>> Now, we capture a data corruption problem on ext4 while we're truncating
>> an extent index block. Imaging that if we are revoking a buffer which
>> has been journaled by the committing transaction, the buffer's jbddirty
>> flag will not be cleared in jbd2_journal_forget(), so the commit code
>> will set the buffer dirty flag again after refile the buffer.
>> fsx                               kjournald2
>>                                   jbd2_journal_commit_transaction
>> jbd2_journal_revoke                commit phase 1~5...
>>  jbd2_journal_forget
>>    belongs to older transaction    commit phase 6
>>    jbddirty not clear               __jbd2_journal_refile_buffer
>>                                      __jbd2_journal_unfile_buffer
>>                                       test_clear_buffer_jbddirty
>>                                        mark_buffer_dirty
>> Finally, if the freed extent index block was allocated again as data
>> block by some other files, it may corrupt the file data when writing
>> cached pages later, such as during umount time.
> Thanks for the patch! I'm sorry this didn't occur to me the first time when
> I was reading your analysis but now there is one question I have: When the
> freed extent index block gets reallocated as data block, we should call
> clean_bdev_aliases() or clean_bdev_bh_alias() for it (it usually happens
> shortly after block allocation either in ext4_block_write_begin() or
> mpage_map_one_extent()). Which will clear the buffer dirty bit and thus
> should avoid this kind of corruption. So how come this didn't work? Is it
> that we for some reason didn't call clean_bdev_aliases() or that function
> didn't work for some reason? Can you debug that with your reproducer?
> Thanks a lot!

Indeed´╝îI figure out that the root cause is ext4_ext_convert_to_initialized() return
incorrect when it does try to zeroout the head of the first extent (see case 2 or 5)[1].
If we zeroout the tail of the second extent firstly, and then it will set "map->m_len"
to "allocated" directly in case 2 or 5(cut the zeroed out range). Finally,
ext4_ext_handle_unwritten_extents() will skip invoking clean_bdev_aliases() for
the expanded region.

At the same time, IIUC, it also have another two problems,
1) It doesn't call clean_bdev_aliases() for the head of the extent if zeroout extra
blocks (unmap the tail of the extent only)[2].
2) If "allocated = ee_len - (map->m_lblk - ee_block)" but doesn't zeroout any extra
blocks at all, the return value maybe large than requested and cover the uninitialized
region (seems doesn't serious recently)[3].

For the problem [1][2], I think we could move clean_bdev_aliases() into ext4_ext_zeroout().
For the problem [3], it seems that ext4_ext_convert_to_initialized() return extra blocks
number is unnecessary, return the request value on success is also fine after we do the
previous job. Suggestions?

BTW, this patch is still need, I can edit the commit log and re-post a patchset
to fix this problem.


>> This patch mark buffer as freed and set j_next_transaction to the new
>> transaction when it already belongs to the committing transaction in
>> jbd2_journal_forget(), so that commit code knows it should clear dirty
>> bits when it is done with the buffer.
>> This problem can be reproduced by xfstests generic/455 easily with
>> seeds (3246 3247 3248 3249).
>> Signed-off-by: zhangyi (F) <>
>> Cc:
>> ---
>>  fs/jbd2/transaction.c | 15 ++++++++++-----
>>  1 file changed, 10 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)
>> diff --git a/fs/jbd2/transaction.c b/fs/jbd2/transaction.c
>> index f07f006..f7f9647 100644
>> --- a/fs/jbd2/transaction.c
>> +++ b/fs/jbd2/transaction.c
>> @@ -1609,14 +1609,19 @@ int jbd2_journal_forget (handle_t *handle, struct buffer_head *bh)
>>  		/* However, if the buffer is still owned by a prior
>>  		 * (committing) transaction, we can't drop it yet... */
>>  		JBUFFER_TRACE(jh, "belongs to older transaction");
>> -		/* ... but we CAN drop it from the new transaction if we
>> -		 * have also modified it since the original commit. */
>> +		/* ... but we CAN drop it from the new transaction, mark
>> +		 * buffer as freed and set j_next_transaction to the new
>> +		 * transaction so that commit code knows it should clear
>> +		 * dirty bits when it is done with the buffer. */
>> -		if (jh->b_next_transaction) {
>> -			J_ASSERT(jh->b_next_transaction == transaction);
>> +		set_buffer_freed(bh);
>> +
>> +		if (!jh->b_next_transaction) {
>>  			spin_lock(&journal->j_list_lock);
>> -			jh->b_next_transaction = NULL;
>> +			jh->b_next_transaction = transaction;
>>  			spin_unlock(&journal->j_list_lock);
>> +		} else {
>> +			J_ASSERT(jh->b_next_transaction == transaction);
>>  			/*
>>  			 * only drop a reference if this transaction modified
>> -- 
>> 2.7.4

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