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Re: [PATCH v3 1/1] vfs: iversion truncate bug fix



On Wed, Jan 04, 2012 at 11:17:12PM -0500, Mimi Zohar wrote:
> On Wed, 2012-01-04 at 18:06 -0800, Greg KH wrote:
> > On Wed, Jan 04, 2012 at 04:46:38PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > > On Wed, 04 Jan 2012 19:33:49 -0500
> > > Mimi Zohar <zohar@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > 
> > > > On Wed, 2012-01-04 at 15:28 -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > > > > On Thu, 22 Dec 2011 08:26:30 -0500
> > > > > Mimi Zohar <zohar@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > > > 
> > > > > > On Thu, 2011-12-22 at 12:54 +0200, Dmitry Kasatkin wrote:
> > > > > > > When a file is truncated with truncate()/ftruncate() and then closed,
> > > > > > > iversion is not updated. This patch uses ATTR_SIZE flag as an indication
> > > > > > > to increment iversion.
> > > > > > > 
> > > > > > > Signed-off-by: Dmitry Kasatkin <dmitry.kasatkin@xxxxxxxxx>
> > > > > > 
> > > > > > Acked-by: Mimi Zohar <zohar@xxxxxxxxxx> 
> > > > > > (Stable should be cc'ed on this patch.)
> > > > > 
> > > > > why?
> > > > 
> > > > Why backported?
> > > 
> > > Yes.  If you want to submit the patch to the -stable maintainer then
> > > you should explain to him why the fix is important enough to warrant
> > > doing that.  That involves explaining the user-visible effects of
> > > the bug.
> > > 
> > > >  The IMA measurement list could be incomplete.
> > > 
> > > In more detail than this.  Maybe he knows what the above sentence
> > > means, but I sure don't.
> > 
> > Nope, I don't either :)
> 
> On fput(), i_version is used to detect and flag files that have changed
> and need to be re-measured in the IMA measurement policy.  When a file
> is truncated with truncate()/ftruncate() and then closed, i_version is
> not updated.  As a result, although the file has changed, it will not be
> re-measured and added to the IMA measurement list on subsequent access.

That's seems like a rather unreliable way of detecting that a file
has changed to me.  I mean, only ext4 uses inode_inc_version() when
it internally dirties an inode, and only ext4 sets the MS_I_VERSION
so that inode_inc_version is only called for ext4 inodes when
timestamps change.

Other filesystems randomly open code i_version inrements, and many
don't touch it at all when inodes are changed, so it this really
doesn't seem like anything anyone can rely on for detecting changes
except maybe for ext4 users.

Hence just adding an increment to the truncate case doesn't seem to
be sufficient to me. e.g. what about the equivalent case of having a
hole punched in the file via fallocate? The file has definitely
changed, but i_version won't change....

Perhaps bumping i_version in __mark_inode_dirty() might be the best
way to capture all changes (other than timestamp updates) to any
inode regardless of the filesystem type?

Cheers,

Dave.
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Dave Chinner
david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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