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Date:   Wed, 27 Apr 2022 11:24:33 -0400
From:   "Theodore Ts'o" <>
To:     Eric Biggers <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ext4: make test_dummy_encryption require the encrypt

On Thu, Apr 21, 2022 at 11:40:40AM -0700, Eric Biggers wrote:
> From: Eric Biggers <>
> Make the test_dummy_encryption mount option require that the encrypt
> feature flag be already enabled on the filesystem, rather than
> automatically enabling it.  Practically, this means that "-O encrypt"
> will need to be included in MKFS_OPTIONS when running xfstests with the
> test_dummy_encryption mount option.
> The motivation for this is that:
> - Having the filesystem auto-enable feature flags is problematic, as it
>   bypasses the usual sanity checks.  The specific issue which came up
>   recently is that in kernel versions where ext4 supports casefold but
>   not encrypt+casefold (v5.1 through v5.10), the kernel will happily add
>   the encrypt flag to a filesystem that has the casefold flag, making it
>   unmountable -- but only for subsequent mounts, not the initial one.
>   This confused the casefold support detection in xfstests, causing
>   generic/556 to fail rather than be skipped.
> - The xfstests-bld test runners (kvm-xfstests et al.) already use the
>   required mkfs flag, so they will not be affected by this change.  Only
>   users of test_dummy_encryption alone will be affected.  But, this
>   option has always been for testing only, so it should be fine to
>   require that the few users of this option update their test scripts.

One of the test scripts involved is xfstests's ext4/053, as the
zero-day test rebot has remarked upon.  Eric, could you look into
submitting a patch to xfstests's ext4/053.


					- Ted

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