Oops when calling fsync on read-only file-system

Message ID 1302679919.2768.9.camel@localhost
State Accepted
Commit 78530bf7f2559b317c04991b52217c1608d5a58d
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Artem Bityutskiy April 13, 2011, 7:31 a.m.

thanks a lot for reporting this!
On Tue, 2011-04-12 at 13:32 +1200, Reuben Dowle wrote:
> On my system, calling the fsync system call on any file in a UBI
> file-system that is mounted read-only leads to a kernel oops. Our
> system is running a customise version of 2.6.31, but as far as I can
> see (without testing which is not possible due to extensive vendor
> customisation of .31 kernel version), the current git branch also
> contains this bug.
> I have created a patch against 2.6.31 that fixes the problem in my
> system. Perhaps someone could test on latest kernel version.
> Signed-off-by: Reuben Dowle <reuben.dowle at navico.com>

Wow! Shame on me for this bug! And it is funny that it is there for
several years already and there are product with this bug! Here is the
fix which I will merge upstream soon:

From: Artem Bityutskiy <Artem.Bityutskiy@nokia.com>
Subject: [PATCH] UBIFS: fix oops when R/O file-system is fsync'ed

This patch fixes severe UBIFS bug: UBIFS oopses when we 'fsync()' an
file on R/O-mounter file-system. We (the UBIFS authors) incorrectly
thought that VFS would not propagate 'fsync()' down to the file-system
if it is read-only, but this is not the case.

It is easy to exploit this bug using the following simple perl script:

use strict;
use File::Sync qw(fsync sync);

die "File path is not specified" if not defined $ARGV[0];
my $path = $ARGV[0];

open FILE, "<", "$path" or die "Cannot open $path: $!";
fsync(\*FILE) or die "cannot fsync $path: $!";
close FILE or die "Cannot close $path: $!";

Thanks to Reuben Dowle <Reuben.Dowle@navico.com> for reporting about this

Signed-off-by: Artem Bityutskiy <Artem.Bityutskiy@nokia.com>
Reported-by: Reuben Dowle <Reuben.Dowle@navico.com>
Cc: stable@kernel.org
 fs/ubifs/file.c |    3 +++
 1 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)


diff --git a/fs/ubifs/file.c b/fs/ubifs/file.c
index a2b5012..3594aae 100644
--- a/fs/ubifs/file.c
+++ b/fs/ubifs/file.c
@@ -1312,6 +1312,9 @@  int ubifs_fsync(struct file *file, int datasync)
 	dbg_gen("syncing inode %lu", inode->i_ino);
+	if (inode->i_sb->s_flags & MS_RDONLY)
+		return 0;
 	 * VFS has already synchronized dirty pages for this inode. Synchronize
 	 * the inode unless this is a 'datasync()' call.