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Date:	Mon, 6 Oct 2014 05:25:17 +0100
From:	Al Viro <>
To:	Sasha Levin <>
Cc:	linux-fsdevel <>,,, "Eric W. Biederman" <>,, Dave Jones <>,
	LKML <>
Subject: Re: dcache: NULL ptr deref in dentry_kill

On Sun, Oct 05, 2014 at 11:42:40PM -0400, Sasha Levin wrote:
> On 10/05/2014 11:13 PM, Al Viro wrote:
> > On Sun, Oct 05, 2014 at 08:27:47PM -0400, Sasha Levin wrote:
> > 
> >> [  434.580818] BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 0000000000000090
> >> [  434.582208] IP: do_raw_spin_trylock (./arch/x86/include/asm/spinlock.h:108 kernel/locking/spinlock_debug.c:143)
> > [snip]
> > spin_lock((void *)0x90)
> >> [  434.590025] ? _raw_spin_trylock (include/linux/spinlock_api_smp.h:89 kernel/locking/spinlock.c:135)
> >> [  434.590025] ? lockref_put_or_lock (lib/lockref.c:131)
> >> [  434.590025] dput (fs/dcache.c:513 fs/dcache.c:616)
> > 
> > ummm...  lockref_put_or_lock(&dentry->d_lockref) ending up with 0x90 passed
> > to lockref_put_or_lock()...  What offset does d_lockref have on your build?
> 0x90

Huh???  It means that we got to that lockref_put_or_lock with dentry == NULL.
But that makes no sense at all - we have
void dput(struct dentry *dentry)
        if (unlikely(!dentry))

        if (lockref_put_or_lock(&dentry->d_lockref))
and the only branch to repeat: is
        if (dentry)
                goto repeat;

If we get to that lockref_put_or_lock() with dentry == NULL, something's
very wrong with compiler.  And the only other lockref_put_or_lock() in
there is
                while (dentry && !lockref_put_or_lock(&dentry->d_lockref)) {
which would also make NULL dentry a miscompile.

Could you put fs/dcache.s for your build on some anonftp?  That really
smells like compiler breakage; had the address it tried to access been
close but not equal to that offsetof(), we would be dealing with bogus
->f_path.dentry (close to, but not quite NULL).  As it is, it looks like
dput() somehow getting to that line with NULL dentry, which should've
been prevented by the checks there...
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