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Date:   Mon, 22 Feb 2021 18:16:26 +0100
From:   Jan Kara <>
To:     Ted Tso <>
Cc:     <>, Jan Kara <>
Subject: [PATCH] ext4: Add checks to xattr code that we have appropriate reclaim context

Syzbot is reporting that ext4 can enter fs reclaim from kvmalloc() while
the transaction is started like:

  fs_reclaim_acquire+0x117/0x150 mm/page_alloc.c:4340
  might_alloc include/linux/sched/mm.h:193 [inline]
  slab_pre_alloc_hook mm/slab.h:493 [inline]
  slab_alloc_node mm/slub.c:2817 [inline]
  __kmalloc_node+0x5f/0x430 mm/slub.c:4015
  kmalloc_node include/linux/slab.h:575 [inline]
  kvmalloc_node+0x61/0xf0 mm/util.c:587
  kvmalloc include/linux/mm.h:781 [inline]
  ext4_xattr_inode_cache_find fs/ext4/xattr.c:1465 [inline]
  ext4_xattr_inode_lookup_create fs/ext4/xattr.c:1508 [inline]
  ext4_xattr_set_entry+0x1ce6/0x3780 fs/ext4/xattr.c:1649
  ext4_xattr_ibody_set+0x78/0x2b0 fs/ext4/xattr.c:2224
  ext4_xattr_set_handle+0x8f4/0x13e0 fs/ext4/xattr.c:2380
  ext4_xattr_set+0x13a/0x340 fs/ext4/xattr.c:2493

This should be impossible since transaction start sets PF_MEMALLOC_NOFS.
Add some assertions to the code to catch if something isn't working as
expected early.

Signed-off-by: Jan Kara <>
 fs/ext4/xattr.c | 4 ++++
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+)

Hi Ted!

This is the debug patch we talked about on our last ext4 call. I hope we can
carry it for some time and see if syzbot hits any of the warnings.


diff --git a/fs/ext4/xattr.c b/fs/ext4/xattr.c
index 372208500f4e..083c95126781 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/xattr.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/xattr.c
@@ -1462,6 +1462,9 @@ ext4_xattr_inode_cache_find(struct inode *inode, const void *value,
 	if (!ce)
 		return NULL;
+	WARN_ON_ONCE(ext4_handle_valid(journal_current_handle()) &&
+		     !(current->flags & PF_MEMALLOC_NOFS));
 	ea_data = kvmalloc(value_len, GFP_KERNEL);
 	if (!ea_data) {
 		mb_cache_entry_put(ea_inode_cache, ce);
@@ -2327,6 +2330,7 @@ ext4_xattr_set_handle(handle_t *handle, struct inode *inode, int name_index,
 			error = -ENOSPC;
 			goto cleanup;
+		WARN_ON_ONCE(!(current->flags & PF_MEMALLOC_NOFS));
 	error = ext4_reserve_inode_write(handle, inode, &is.iloc);

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