vfs: Do not allow underflowing of i_nlink
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Message ID 20181022114850.1912-1-jack@suse.cz
State New
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  • vfs: Do not allow underflowing of i_nlink
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Jan Kara Oct. 22, 2018, 11:48 a.m. UTC
Currently, drop_nlink() warns when i_nlink underflows but it still lets
the value underflow. Granted such underflow means filesystem corruption
so we are screwed but still it limits the damage more if we leave
i_nlink at 0 to keep inode in "unlinked" state instead of letting it
magically appear linked again which confuses filesystems even more.

For example this would make b50282f3241a "ext4: check to make sure the
rename(2)'s destination is not freed" just a cosmetic fix instead of a
memory-corruption fix.

CC: Theodore Ts'o <tytso@mit.edu>
CC: Miklos Szeredi <mszeredi@redhat.com>
Signed-off-by: Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>
 fs/inode.c | 3 ++-
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

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diff --git a/fs/inode.c b/fs/inode.c
index 42f6d25f32a5..d449824a90de 100644
--- a/fs/inode.c
+++ b/fs/inode.c
@@ -282,7 +282,8 @@  static void destroy_inode(struct inode *inode)
 void drop_nlink(struct inode *inode)
-	WARN_ON(inode->i_nlink == 0);
+	if (WARN_ON(inode->i_nlink == 0))
+		return;
 	if (!inode->i_nlink)