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Re: [PATCH] xfs: shutdown filesystem if xfs_perag_get fails

To: Eric Sandeen <sandeen@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] xfs: shutdown filesystem if xfs_perag_get fails
From: Mark Tinguely <tinguely@xxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:45:02 -0500
Cc: xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx
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On 04/21/13 16:55, Eric Sandeen wrote:
On 4/21/13 12:41 PM, Mark Tinguely wrote:

This problem happened locally with a bad inode number from xfs
recovery. xfs_perag_get() can return NULL if given a bad agno.
Most callers of xfs_perag_get() do not check for a NULL before
using the pointer. This patch forces a shutdown of the filesystem
for those callers that do not check the return value rather than
crashing on a dereferenced NULL pointer.

Hi Mark -

I'm curious, what was the callchain when this happened?  Was it
during recovery?  If so, would aborting recovery be more prudent?

I might be missing something, but I'm not sure how shutting
down avoids a subsequent null ptr deref&  crash.

i.e. if a caller does something like:

         pag = xfs_perag_get(mp, agno);

shutting down in xfs_perag_get doesn't save us from a
null pag pointer, would it?


You are correct, we have to exit the routine(s) to avoid the dereference. Let the callers handle the error.

Sorry for the noise.


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