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Date:   Sun, 08 Jan 2017 15:10:28 -0500
From:   Mimi Zohar <>
To:     Al Viro <>
Cc:     Christoph Hellwig <>,
        James Bottomley <>,, 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, 2017-01-08 at 19:26 +0000, Al Viro wrote:
> 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.

The pathname/filename is being used in the measurement list and for
audit logging.  It's currently using d_absolute_path() to get the full
pathname, but falls back to using the dentry-> on failure.
Ok, so instead of returning the dentry->, we should make a
copy it, assuming the error isn't memory related.


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