[ 3.5.yuz extended stable] Patch "eCryptfs: Write out all dirty pages just before releasing" has been added to staging queue

Herton Ronaldo Krzesinski herton.krzesinski at canonical.com
Mon Nov 12 21:29:01 UTC 2012

This is a note to let you know that I have just added a patch titled

    eCryptfs: Write out all dirty pages just before releasing

to the linux-3.5.y-queue branch of the 3.5.yuz extended stable tree 
which can be found at:


If you, or anyone else, feels it should not be added to the 3.5
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>From 51b8150c74fb1071623215d80ee1560ab56057a4 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Tyler Hicks <tyhicks at canonical.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 18:02:46 -0700
Subject: [PATCH] eCryptfs: Write out all dirty pages just before releasing
 the lower file

commit 7149f2558d5b5b988726662fe58b1c388337805b upstream.

Fixes a regression caused by:

821f749 eCryptfs: Revert to a writethrough cache model

That patch reverted some code (specifically, 32001d6f) that was
necessary to properly handle open() -> mmap() -> close() -> dirty pages
-> munmap(), because the lower file could be closed before the dirty
pages are written out.

Rather than reapplying 32001d6f, this approach is a better way of
ensuring that the lower file is still open in order to handle writing
out the dirty pages. It is called from ecryptfs_release(), while we have
a lock on the lower file pointer, just before the lower file gets the
final fput() and we overwrite the pointer.


Signed-off-by: Tyler Hicks <tyhicks at canonical.com>
Reported-by: Artemy Tregubenko <me at arty.name>
Tested-by: Artemy Tregubenko <me at arty.name>
Tested-by: Colin Ian King <colin.king at canonical.com>
Signed-off-by: Herton Ronaldo Krzesinski <herton.krzesinski at canonical.com>
 fs/ecryptfs/main.c |    1 +
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)

diff --git a/fs/ecryptfs/main.c b/fs/ecryptfs/main.c
index df217dc..c2a9c39 100644
--- a/fs/ecryptfs/main.c
+++ b/fs/ecryptfs/main.c
@@ -162,6 +162,7 @@ void ecryptfs_put_lower_file(struct inode *inode)
 	inode_info = ecryptfs_inode_to_private(inode);
 	if (atomic_dec_and_mutex_lock(&inode_info->lower_file_count,
 				      &inode_info->lower_file_mutex)) {
+		filemap_write_and_wait(inode->i_mapping);
 		inode_info->lower_file = NULL;

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