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Date:   Wed, 27 Jul 2022 17:57:53 +0200
From:   Jan Kara <>
To:     Ted Tso <>
Cc:     <>,
        Tadeusz Struk <>,
        Jan Kara <>,
Subject: [PATCH] ext4: Avoid crash when inline data creation follows DIO write

When inode is created and written to using direct IO, there is nothing
to clear the EXT4_STATE_MAY_INLINE_DATA flag. Thus when inode gets
truncated later to say 1 byte and written using normal write, we will
try to store the data as inline data. This confuses the code later
because the inode now has both normal block and inline data allocated
and the confusion manifests for example as:

kernel BUG at fs/ext4/inode.c:2721!
invalid opcode: 0000 [#1] PREEMPT SMP KASAN
CPU: 0 PID: 359 Comm: repro Not tainted 5.19.0-rc8-00001-g31ba1e3b8305-dirty #15
Hardware name: QEMU Standard PC (i440FX + PIIX, 1996), BIOS 1.16.0-1.fc36 04/01/2014
RIP: 0010:ext4_writepages+0x363d/0x3660
RSP: 0018:ffffc90000ccf260 EFLAGS: 00010293
RAX: ffffffff81e1abcd RBX: 0000008000000000 RCX: ffff88810842a180
RDX: 0000000000000000 RSI: 0000008000000000 RDI: 0000000000000000
RBP: ffffc90000ccf650 R08: ffffffff81e17d58 R09: ffffed10222c680b
R10: dfffe910222c680c R11: 1ffff110222c680a R12: ffff888111634128
R13: ffffc90000ccf880 R14: 0000008410000000 R15: 0000000000000001
FS:  00007f72635d2640(0000) GS:ffff88811b000000(0000) knlGS:0000000000000000
CS:  0010 DS: 0000 ES: 0000 CR0: 0000000080050033
CR2: 0000565243379180 CR3: 000000010aa74000 CR4: 0000000000150eb0
Call Trace:

Fix the problem by clearing EXT4_STATE_MAY_INLINE_DATA when we are doing
direct IO write to a file.

Reported-by: Tadeusz Struk <>
Signed-off-by: Jan Kara <>
 fs/ext4/file.c | 6 ++++++
 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+)

diff --git a/fs/ext4/file.c b/fs/ext4/file.c
index 109d07629f81..cab5dfed1cd6 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/file.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/file.c
@@ -528,6 +528,12 @@ static ssize_t ext4_dio_write_iter(struct kiocb *iocb, struct iov_iter *from)
 		ret = -EAGAIN;
 		goto out;
+	/*
+	 * Make sure inline data cannot be created anymore since we are going
+ 	 * to allocate blocks for DIO. We know the inode does not have any
+	 * inline data now because ext4_dio_supported() checked for that.
+	 */
+	ext4_clear_inode_state(inode, EXT4_STATE_MAY_INLINE_DATA);
 	offset = iocb->ki_pos;
 	count = ret;

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