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Date:   Thu, 14 Jul 2022 06:52:13 -0700
From:   Tadeusz Struk <>
To:     Lukas Czerner <>
Cc:     Theodore Ts'o <>,
        Andreas Dilger <>,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ext4: fix kernel BUG in ext4_free_blocks

On 7/14/22 05:23, Lukas Czerner wrote:
>> This does not seem right. we should never work with block number smaller
>> than s_first_data_block. The first 1024 bytes of the file system are
>> unused and in case we have 1k block size, the entire first block is
>> unused.
>> I guess the image we work here with is corrupted, from the log it seems
>> that it was noticed correctly so the question is why did we still ended
>> up calling ext4_free_blocks() ? Seems like this should have been stopped
>> earlier by ext4_clear_blocks() ?
>> I did notice that in ext4_mb_clear_bb() we call
>> ext4_get_group_no_and_offset() before ext4_inode_block_valid() but
>> again we should have caught this problem earlier.
>> Can you link me the file system image that generated this problem?
> ok, I got the syzkaller C repro to work. The problem is that it's
> bigalloc file system and the 'block' and 'count' to free in
> ext4_free_blocks will get adjusted after the ext4_inode_block_valid().
> We should make sure that if this happens we also clear the
> EXT4_FREE_BLOCKS_VALIDATED. Additonally the ext4_inode_block_valid()
> in ext4_mb_clear_bb() should be called*before*  the values are taken for
> granted. I'll prepare a patch to fix this.

Thank you for feedback Lukas. Please CC me on your patch so I could test it.

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