[PATCH] UBUNTU: [Config] ext3 defaults to ordered mode

Martin Pitt martin.pitt at ubuntu.com
Wed Jan 27 07:53:19 UTC 2010

Hello all,

Tim Gardner [2010-01-21  7:00 -0700]:
> SRU policy states that patches must fix a real problem. IMHO this does
> not fix the root issue, which is the crash, _not_ the file system
> corruption. No file system code will be able to withstand crashes at the
> right critical point.

I have read the bug report now, and TBH I fail to see the security
problem here. If due to a crash I can still read old data from a file,
that just means that my recent attempt to remove/overwrite the data
from a file failed. Well, if the computer had crashed ten microseconds
earlier, and thus the disk wouldn't have managed to write the metadata
either, I would have the very same problem. Or did I misunderstood the
problem here?

I'd be very cautious to change something as fundamental as the file
system behaviour in an SRU. A crash fix is a valid SRU reason, but
this looks like a very intrusive change, not a focused bug fix to me.



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