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Date:   Wed,  7 Dec 2022 15:40:43 +0800
From:   Ye Bin <>
        Ye Bin <>
Subject: [PATCH v2 6/6] ext4: fix inode leak in 'ext4_xattr_inode_create()'

From: Ye Bin <>

There is issue as follows when do setxattr with inject fault:
[localhost]#fsck.ext4  -fn  /dev/sda
e2fsck 1.46.6-rc1 (12-Sep-2022)
Pass 1: Checking inodes, blocks, and sizes
Pass 2: Checking directory structure
Pass 3: Checking directory connectivity
Pass 4: Checking reference counts
Unattached zero-length inode 15.  Clear? no

Unattached inode 15
Connect to /lost+found? no

Pass 5: Checking group summary information

/dev/sda: ********** WARNING: Filesystem still has errors **********

/dev/sda: 15/655360 files (0.0% non-contiguous), 66755/2621440 blocks

Above issue occur in 'ext4_xattr_inode_create()', if 'ext4_mark_inode_dirty()'
failed need to drop inode's i_nlink. Or will lead to inode leak.

Signed-off-by: Ye Bin <>
 fs/ext4/xattr.c | 3 +++
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)

diff --git a/fs/ext4/xattr.c b/fs/ext4/xattr.c
index 5c0476ff62c8..6c19d01ba261 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/xattr.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/xattr.c
@@ -1465,6 +1465,9 @@ static struct inode *ext4_xattr_inode_create(handle_t *handle,
 		if (!err)
 			err = ext4_inode_attach_jinode(ea_inode);
 		if (err) {
+			if (ext4_xattr_inode_dec_ref(handle, ea_inode))
+				ext4_warning_inode(ea_inode,
+					"cleanup dec ref error %d", err);
 			return ERR_PTR(err);

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