UBIFS: fix a horrid bug
Al Viro pointed me to the fact that '->readdir()' and '->llseek()' have no
mutual exclusion, which means the 'ubifs_dir_llseek()' can be run while we are
in the middle of 'ubifs_readdir()'.
This means that 'file->private_data' can be freed while 'ubifs_readdir()' uses
it, and this is a very bad bug: not only 'ubifs_readdir()' can return garbage,
but this may corrupt memory and lead to all kinds of problems like crashes an
This patch fixes the problem by using the 'file->f_version' field, which
'->llseek()' always unconditionally sets to zero. We set it to 1 in
'ubifs_readdir()' and whenever we detect that it became 0, we know there was a
seek and it is time to clear the state saved in 'file->private_data'.
I tested this patch by writing a user-space program which runds readdir and
seek in parallell. I could easily crash the kernel without these patches, but
could not crash it with these patches.
Reported-by: Al Viro <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tested-by: Artem Bityutskiy <email@example.com>
Signed-off-by: Artem Bityutskiy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Signed-off-by: Al Viro <email@example.com>
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