patch ext4-return-eio-not-estale-on-directory-traversal-through-deleted-inode.patch added to 2.6.29-stable tree
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Commit Message June 9, 2009, 9:33 a.m. UTC
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    Subject: ext4: return -EIO not -ESTALE on directory traversal through deleted inode

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From  Tue Jun  9 02:25:08 2009
From: Bryan Donlan <>
Date: Tue,  2 Jun 2009 08:07:44 -0400
Subject: ext4: return -EIO not -ESTALE on directory traversal through deleted inode
Cc: "Theodore Ts'o" <>, Andrew Morton <>,, Bryan Donlan <>
Message-ID: <>

From: Bryan Donlan <>

(cherry picked from commit e6f009b0b45220c004672d41a58865e94946104d)

ext4_iget() returns -ESTALE if invoked on a deleted inode, in order to
report errors to NFS properly.  However, in ext4_lookup(), this
-ESTALE can be propagated to userspace if the filesystem is corrupted
such that a directory entry references a deleted inode.  This leads to
a misleading error message - "Stale NFS file handle" - and confusion
on the part of the admin.

The bug can be easily reproduced by creating a new filesystem, making
a link to an unused inode using debugfs, then mounting and attempting
to ls -l said link.

This patch thus changes ext4_lookup to return -EIO if it receives
-ESTALE from ext4_iget(), as ext4 does for other filesystem metadata
corruption; and also invokes the appropriate ext*_error functions when
this case is detected.

Signed-off-by: Bryan Donlan <>
Cc: <>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: "Theodore Ts'o" <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
 fs/ext4/namei.c |   12 ++++++++++--
 1 file changed, 10 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

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--- a/fs/ext4/namei.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/namei.c
@@ -1052,8 +1052,16 @@  static struct dentry *ext4_lookup(struct
 			return ERR_PTR(-EIO);
 		inode = ext4_iget(dir->i_sb, ino);
-		if (IS_ERR(inode))
-			return ERR_CAST(inode);
+		if (unlikely(IS_ERR(inode))) {
+			if (PTR_ERR(inode) == -ESTALE) {
+				ext4_error(dir->i_sb, __func__,
+						"deleted inode referenced: %u",
+						ino);
+				return ERR_PTR(-EIO);
+			} else {
+				return ERR_CAST(inode);
+			}
+		}
 	return d_splice_alias(inode, dentry);