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Date:   Thu, 20 Jun 2019 19:57:21 +0200
From:   Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
Cc:     Greg Kroah-Hartman <>,, Jan Kara <>,
        Alexander Lochmann <>,
        Horst Schirmeier <>,
        Al Viro <>,
        Zubin Mithra <>
Subject: [PATCH 4.4 84/84] Abort file_remove_privs() for non-reg. files

From: Alexander Lochmann <>

commit f69e749a49353d96af1a293f56b5b56de59c668a upstream.

file_remove_privs() might be called for non-regular files, e.g.
blkdev inode. There is no reason to do its job on things
like blkdev inodes, pipes, or cdevs. Hence, abort if
file does not refer to a regular inode.

AV: more to the point, for devices there might be any number of
inodes refering to given device.  Which one to strip the permissions
from, even if that made any sense in the first place?  All of them
will be observed with contents modified, after all.

Found by LockDoc (Alexander Lochmann, Horst Schirmeier and Olaf

Reviewed-by: Jan Kara <>
Signed-off-by: Alexander Lochmann <>
Signed-off-by: Horst Schirmeier <>
Signed-off-by: Al Viro <>
Cc: Zubin Mithra <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

 fs/inode.c |    9 +++++++--
 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

--- a/fs/inode.c
+++ b/fs/inode.c
@@ -1744,8 +1744,13 @@ int file_remove_privs(struct file *file)
 	int kill;
 	int error = 0;
-	/* Fast path for nothing security related */
-	if (IS_NOSEC(inode))
+	/*
+	 * Fast path for nothing security related.
+	 * As well for non-regular files, e.g. blkdev inodes.
+	 * For example, blkdev_write_iter() might get here
+	 * trying to remove privs which it is not allowed to.
+	 */
+	if (IS_NOSEC(inode) || !S_ISREG(inode->i_mode))
 		return 0;
 	kill = dentry_needs_remove_privs(dentry);

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