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Date:	Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:08:41 -0500
From:	Eric Biggers <ebiggers3@...il.com>
To:	Al Viro <viro@...IV.linux.org.uk>
Cc:	linux-fsdevel@...r.kernel.org, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: fs/namei.c: Misuse of sequence counts?

Here's a patch for reference (untested):

diff --git a/fs/namei.c b/fs/namei.c
index a7b05bf..84704e4 100644
--- a/fs/namei.c
+++ b/fs/namei.c
@@ -649,17 +649,15 @@ static __always_inline void set_root(struct nameidata *nd)
 
 static int link_path_walk(const char *, struct nameidata *);
 
-static __always_inline unsigned set_root_rcu(struct nameidata *nd)
+static __always_inline void set_root_rcu(struct nameidata *nd)
 {
 	struct fs_struct *fs = current->fs;
-	unsigned seq, res;
+	unsigned seq;
 
 	do {
 		seq = read_seqcount_begin(&fs->seq);
 		nd->root = fs->root;
-		res = __read_seqcount_begin(&nd->root.dentry->d_seq);
 	} while (read_seqcount_retry(&fs->seq, seq));
-	return res;
 }
 
 static void path_put_conditional(struct path *path, struct nameidata *nd)
@@ -1854,11 +1852,21 @@ static int path_init(int dfd, const char *name, unsigned int flags,
 	nd->m_seq = read_seqbegin(&mount_lock);
 	if (*name=='/') {
 		if (flags & LOOKUP_RCU) {
+			struct fs_struct *fs = current->fs;
+			unsigned seq;
+
 			rcu_read_lock();
-			nd->seq = set_root_rcu(nd);
+
+			do {
+				seq = read_seqcount_begin(&fs->seq);
+				nd->root = fs->root;
+				nd->inode = nd->root.dentry->d_inode;
+				nd->seq = __read_seqcount_begin(&nd->root.dentry->d_seq);
+			} while (read_seqcount_retry(&fs->seq, seq));
 		} else {
 			set_root(nd);
 			path_get(&nd->root);
+			nd->inode = nd->root.dentry->d_inode;
 		}
 		nd->path = nd->root;
 	} else if (dfd == AT_FDCWD) {
@@ -1871,10 +1879,12 @@ static int path_init(int dfd, const char *name, unsigned int flags,
 			do {
 				seq = read_seqcount_begin(&fs->seq);
 				nd->path = fs->pwd;
+				nd->inode = nd->path.dentry->d_inode;
 				nd->seq = __read_seqcount_begin(&nd->path.dentry->d_seq);
 			} while (read_seqcount_retry(&fs->seq, seq));
 		} else {
 			get_fs_pwd(current->fs, &nd->path);
+			nd->inode = nd->path.dentry->d_inode;
 		}
 	} else {
 		/* Caller must check execute permissions on the starting path component */
@@ -1894,6 +1904,7 @@ static int path_init(int dfd, const char *name, unsigned int flags,
 		}
 
 		nd->path = f.file->f_path;
+		nd->inode = file_inode(f.file);
 		if (flags & LOOKUP_RCU) {
 			if (f.flags & FDPUT_FPUT)
 				*fp = f.file;
@@ -1904,16 +1915,7 @@ static int path_init(int dfd, const char *name, unsigned int flags,
 			fdput(f);
 		}
 	}
-
-	nd->inode = nd->path.dentry->d_inode;
-	if (!(flags & LOOKUP_RCU))
-		return 0;
-	if (likely(!read_seqcount_retry(&nd->path.dentry->d_seq, nd->seq)))
-		return 0;
-	if (!(nd->flags & LOOKUP_ROOT))
-		nd->root.mnt = NULL;
-	rcu_read_unlock();
-	return -ECHILD;
+	return 0;
 }
 
 static inline int lookup_last(struct nameidata *nd, struct path *path)
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