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Date:   Sun, 8 Jan 2017 19:26:34 +0000
From:   Al Viro <>
To:     Christoph Hellwig <>
Cc:     James Bottomley <>,
        Mimi Zohar <>,, Dave Chinner <>,
        linux-fsdevel <>,
        linux-kernel <>
Subject: Re: xfs:  commit 6552321831dc "xfs: remove i_iolock and use i_rwsem
 in the VFS inode instead"  change causes hang

On Sun, Jan 08, 2017 at 08:09:55PM +0100, Christoph Hellwig wrote:

> No.  We need an ->ima_measure file_operation, guts of process_measurement
> turned into a library function that the FS can call after taking fs-specific
> locks.  And maybe also a small wrapper around it that takes ilock and
> can be used directly for file systems not needing special locking.

Incidentally, it had been literally years since the problems with their
pathname handling had been brought up and we *still* have got no answer.

In the current tree, ima_d_path() is quite capable of returning
path->dentry->  Which gets used by subsequent code,
even though there is no warranty whatsoever that it won't be
pointing to freed memory by the time the caller of ima_d_path()
gets it.

Could IMA folks be bothered to explain how the hell is that supposed to
work?  Note that the race window is *not* narrow - it includes reading the
file contents, for fuck sake!  A plenty of time for the file to be
renamed, and if the name had been long enough to be stored separately,
for the original to be freed/reused/whatnot.

Better yet, in ima_collect_measurement() they have another user of
->, with all the same issues.

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