Commit ac0d86f5 authored by Kay Sievers's avatar Kay Sievers Committed by Linus Torvalds
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block: sanitize invalid partition table entries

We currently follow blindly what the partition table lies about the
disk, and let the kernel create block devices which can not be accessed.
Trying to identify the device leads to kernel logs full of:
  sdb: rw=0, want=73392, limit=28800
  attempt to access beyond end of device

Here is an example of a broken partition table, where sda2 starts
behind the end of the disk, and sdb3 is larger than the entire disk:
  Disk /dev/sdb: 14 MB, 14745600 bytes
  1 heads, 29 sectors/track, 993 cylinders, total 28800 sectors
     Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
  /dev/sdb1              29        7800        3886   83  Linux
  /dev/sdb2           37801       45601        3900+  83  Linux
  /dev/sdb3           15602       73402       28900+  83  Linux
  /dev/sdb4           23403       28796        2697   83  Linux

The kernel creates these completely invalid devices, which can not be
accessed, or may lead to other unpredictable failures:
  grep . /sys/class/block/sdb*/{start,size}

With this patch, we ignore partitions which start behind the end of the disk,
and limit partitions to the end of the disk if they pretend to be larger:
  grep . /sys/class/block/sdb*/{start,size}

These warnings are printed to the kernel log:
  sdb: p2 ignored, start 37801 is behind the end of the disk
  sdb: p3 size 57801 limited to end of disk
Signed-off-by: default avatarKay Sievers <>
Cc: Herton Ronaldo Krzesinski <>
Cc: Jens Axboe <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent 6722e45c
......@@ -538,10 +538,23 @@ int rescan_partitions(struct gendisk *disk, struct block_device *bdev)
sector_t from = state->parts[p].from;
if (!size)
if (from >= get_capacity(disk)) {
"%s: p%d ignored, start %llu is behind the end of the disk\n",
disk->disk_name, p, (unsigned long long) from);
if (from + size > get_capacity(disk)) {
* we can not ignore partitions of broken tables
* created by for example camera firmware, but we
* limit them to the end of the disk to avoid
* creating invalid block devices
"%s: p%d exceeds device capacity\n",
disk->disk_name, p);
"%s: p%d size %llu limited to end of disk\n",
disk->disk_name, p, (unsigned long long) size);
size = get_capacity(disk) - from;
res = add_partition(disk, p, from, size, state->parts[p].flags);
if (res) {
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