autofs4 - fix get_next_positive_subdir()

Following a report of a crash during an automount expire I found that
the locking in fs/autofs4/expire.c:get_next_positive_subdir() was wrong.
Not only is the locking wrong but the function is more complex than it
needs to be.

The function is meant to calculate (and dget) the next entry in the list
of directories contained in the root of an autofs mount point (an autofs
indirect mount to be precise). The main problem was that the d_lock of
the owner of the list was not being taken when walking the list, which
lead to list corruption under load. The only other lock that needs to
be taken is against the next dentry candidate so it can be checked for

Signed-off-by: Ian Kent <>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
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