[PATCH 1/2][SRU][D/E] UBUNTU: SAUCE: shiftfs: Restore vm_file value when lower fs mmap fails

Seth Forshee seth.forshee at canonical.com
Thu Nov 7 16:08:24 UTC 2019

BugLink: https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1850994

shiftfs_mmap() overwrites vma->vm_file before calling the lower
filesystem mmap but does not restore the original value on
failure. This means it is giving a pointer to the lower fs file
back to the caller with no reference, which is a bad practice.
However, it does not lead to any issues with upstream kernels as
no caller accesses vma->vm_file after call_mmap().

With the aufs patches applied the story is different. Whereas
mmap_region() previously fput a local variable containing the
file it assigned to vm_file, it now calls vma_fput() which will
fput vm_file, for which it has no reference, and the reference
for the original vm_file is not put.

Fix this by restoring vma->vm_file to the original value when the
mmap call into the lower fs fails.


Reported-by: Jann Horn <jannh at google.com>
Signed-off-by: Seth Forshee <seth.forshee at canonical.com>
 fs/shiftfs.c | 15 +++++++++++----
 1 file changed, 11 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/shiftfs.c b/fs/shiftfs.c
index 55bb32b611f2..57d84479026b 100644
--- a/fs/shiftfs.c
+++ b/fs/shiftfs.c
@@ -1289,10 +1289,17 @@ static int shiftfs_mmap(struct file *file, struct vm_area_struct *vma)
-	if (ret)
-		fput(realfile); /* Drop refcount from new vm_file value */
-	else
-		fput(file); /* Drop refcount from previous vm_file value */
+	if (ret) {
+		/*
+		 * Drop refcount from new vm_file value and restore original
+		 * vm_file value
+		 */
+		vma->vm_file = file;
+		fput(realfile);
+	} else {
+		/* Drop refcount from previous vm_file value */
+		fput(file);
+	}
 	return ret;

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