seq_file: always update file->f_pos in seq_lseek()

This issue was first pointed out by Jiaxing Wang several months ago, but no
further comments:

As we know pread() does not change f_pos, so after pread(), file->f_pos
and m->read_pos become different. And seq_lseek() does not update file->f_pos
if offset equals to m->read_pos, so after pread() and seq_lseek()(lseek to
m->read_pos), then a subsequent read may read from a wrong position, the
following program produces the problem:

    char str1[32] = { 0 };
    char str2[32] = { 0 };
    int poffset = 10;
    int count = 20;

    /*open any seq file*/
    int fd = open("/proc/modules", O_RDONLY);

    pread(fd, str1, count, poffset);
    printf("pread:%s\n", str1);

    /*seek to where m->read_pos is*/
    lseek(fd, poffset+count, SEEK_SET);

    /*supposed to read from poffset+count, but this read from position 0*/
    read(fd, str2, count);
    printf("read:%s\n", str2);

out put:
 ck_netbios_ns 12665

nf_conntrack_netbios_ns 12665 0 - Live 0xffffffffa038b000
nf_conntrack_broadcast 12589 1 nf_conntrack_netbios_ns, Live 0xffffffffa0386000

So we always update file->f_pos to offset in seq_lseek() to fix this issue.

Signed-off-by: Jiaxing Wang <>
Signed-off-by: Gu Zheng <>
Signed-off-by: Al Viro <>
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