[ 3.5.y.z extended stable ] Patch "jbd2: fix use after free in jbd2_journal_dirty_metadata()" has been added to staging queue

Luis Henriques luis.henriques at canonical.com
Mon Mar 25 18:00:09 UTC 2013

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

    jbd2: fix use after free in jbd2_journal_dirty_metadata()

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 
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>From 8907b72dd40afbaf99a9ad56d640e9ffd0718084 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Jan Kara <jack at suse.cz>
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:24:56 -0400
Subject: [PATCH] jbd2: fix use after free in jbd2_journal_dirty_metadata()

commit ad56edad089b56300fd13bb9eeb7d0424d978239 upstream.

jbd2_journal_dirty_metadata() didn't get a reference to journal_head it
was working with. This is OK in most of the cases since the journal head
should be attached to a transaction but in rare occasions when we are
journalling data, __ext4_journalled_writepage() can race with
jbd2_journal_invalidatepage() stripping buffers from a page and thus
journal head can be freed under hands of jbd2_journal_dirty_metadata().

Fix the problem by getting own journal head reference in
jbd2_journal_dirty_metadata() (and also in jbd2_journal_set_triggers()
which can possibly have the same issue).

Reported-by: Zheng Liu <gnehzuil.liu at gmail.com>
Signed-off-by: Jan Kara <jack at suse.cz>
Signed-off-by: "Theodore Ts'o" <tytso at mit.edu>
Luis Henriques <luis.henriques at canonical.com>
 fs/jbd2/transaction.c | 15 ++++++++++-----
 1 file changed, 10 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/jbd2/transaction.c b/fs/jbd2/transaction.c
index 2fb20f5..399e4ee 100644
--- a/fs/jbd2/transaction.c
+++ b/fs/jbd2/transaction.c
@@ -1047,9 +1047,12 @@ out:
 void jbd2_journal_set_triggers(struct buffer_head *bh,
 			       struct jbd2_buffer_trigger_type *type)
-	struct journal_head *jh = bh2jh(bh);
+	struct journal_head *jh = jbd2_journal_grab_journal_head(bh);

+	if (WARN_ON(!jh))
+		return;
 	jh->b_triggers = type;
+	jbd2_journal_put_journal_head(jh);

 void jbd2_buffer_frozen_trigger(struct journal_head *jh, void *mapped_data,
@@ -1101,17 +1104,18 @@ int jbd2_journal_dirty_metadata(handle_t *handle, struct buffer_head *bh)
 	transaction_t *transaction = handle->h_transaction;
 	journal_t *journal = transaction->t_journal;
-	struct journal_head *jh = bh2jh(bh);
+	struct journal_head *jh;
 	int ret = 0;

-	jbd_debug(5, "journal_head %p\n", jh);
-	JBUFFER_TRACE(jh, "entry");
 	if (is_handle_aborted(handle))
 		goto out;
-	if (!buffer_jbd(bh)) {
+	jh = jbd2_journal_grab_journal_head(bh);
+	if (!jh) {
 		ret = -EUCLEAN;
 		goto out;
+	jbd_debug(5, "journal_head %p\n", jh);
+	JBUFFER_TRACE(jh, "entry");


@@ -1202,6 +1206,7 @@ int jbd2_journal_dirty_metadata(handle_t *handle, struct buffer_head *bh)
+	jbd2_journal_put_journal_head(jh);
 	JBUFFER_TRACE(jh, "exit");
 	WARN_ON(ret);	/* All errors are bugs, so dump the stack */

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