[ 3.5.y.z extended stable ] Patch "md: protect against crash upon fsync on ro array" has been added to staging queue

Luis Henriques luis.henriques at canonical.com
Wed Mar 6 15:14:31 UTC 2013

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

    md: protect against crash upon fsync on ro array

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


If you, or anyone else, feels it should not be added to this tree, please 
reply to this email.

For more information about the 3.5.y.z tree, see



>From 7575be628a869e4bf9afd0b1e26cba0610edc3e8 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Sebastian Riemer <sebastian.riemer at profitbricks.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:28:09 +1100
Subject: [PATCH] md: protect against crash upon fsync on ro array

commit bbfa57c0f2243a7c31fd248d22e9861a2802cad5 upstream.

If an fsync occurs on a read-only array, we need to send a
completion for the IO and may not increment the active IO count.
Otherwise, we hit a bug trace and can't stop the MD array anymore.

By advice of Christoph Hellwig we return success upon a flush
request but we return -EROFS for other writes.
We detect flush requests by checking if the bio has zero sectors.

This patch is suitable to any -stable kernel to which it applies.

Cc: Christoph Hellwig <hch at infradead.org>
Cc: Ben Hutchings <ben at decadent.org.uk>
Cc: NeilBrown <neilb at suse.de>
Signed-off-by: Sebastian Riemer <sebastian.riemer at profitbricks.com>
Reported-by: Ben Hutchings <ben at decadent.org.uk>
Acked-by: Paul Menzel <paulepanter at users.sourceforge.net>
Signed-off-by: NeilBrown <neilb at suse.de>
Signed-off-by: Luis Henriques <luis.henriques at canonical.com>
 drivers/md/md.c | 4 ++++
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+)

diff --git a/drivers/md/md.c b/drivers/md/md.c
index 97edf9e..b7a551d 100644
--- a/drivers/md/md.c
+++ b/drivers/md/md.c
@@ -344,6 +344,10 @@ static void md_make_request(struct request_queue *q, struct bio *bio)
+	if (mddev->ro == 1 && unlikely(rw == WRITE)) {
+		bio_endio(bio, bio_sectors(bio) == 0 ? 0 : -EROFS);
+		return;
+	}
 	smp_rmb(); /* Ensure implications of  'active' are visible */
 	if (mddev->suspended) {

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