Commit ad8d6f0a authored by Jens Axboe's avatar Jens Axboe
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[PATCH] splice: page stealing needs to wait_on_page_writeback()

Thanks to Andrew for the good explanation of why this is so. akpm writes:

If a page is under writeback and we remove it from pagecache, it's still
going to get written to disk.  But the VFS no longer knows about that page,
nor that this page is about to modify disk blocks.

So there might be scenarios in which those
blocks-which-are-about-to-be-written-to get reused for something else.
When writeback completes, it'll scribble on those blocks.

This won't happen in ext2/ext3-style filesystems in normal mode because the
page has buffers and try_to_release_page() will fail.

But ext2 in nobh mode doesn't attach buffers at all - it just sticks the
page in a BIO, finds some new blocks, points the BIO at those blocks and
lets it rip.

While that write IO's in flight, someone could truncate the file.  Truncate
won't block on the writeout because the page isn't in pagecache any more.
So truncate will the free the blocks from the file under the page's feet.
Then something else can reallocate those blocks.  Then write data to them.

Now, the original write completes, corrupting the filesystem.

Signed-off-by: default avatarJens Axboe <>
parent 059a8f37
......@@ -52,6 +52,15 @@ static int page_cache_pipe_buf_steal(struct pipe_inode_info *info,
* At least for ext2 with nobh option, we need to wait on writeback
* completing on this page, since we'll remove it from the pagecache.
* Otherwise truncate wont wait on the page, allowing the disk
* blocks to be reused by someone else before we actually wrote our
* data to them. fs corruption ensues.
if (PagePrivate(page))
try_to_release_page(page, mapping_gfp_mask(mapping));
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