[PATCH review 2/6] dcache: Handle escaped paths in prepend_path

Eric W. Biederman ebiederm at xmission.com
Mon Aug 3 21:26:34 UTC 2015

A rename can result in a dentry that by walking up d_parent
will never reach it's mnt_root.  For lack of a better term
I call this an escaped path.

prepend_path is called by four different functions __d_path,
d_absolute_path, d_path, and getcwd.

__d_path only wants to see paths are connected to the root it passes
in.  So __d_path needs prepend_path to return an error.

d_absolute_path similarly wants to see paths that are connected to
some root.  Escaped paths are not connected to any mnt_root so
d_absolute_path needs prepend_path to return an error greater
than 1.  So escaped paths will be treated like paths on lazily
unmounted mounts.

getcwd needs to prepend "(unreachable)" so getcwd also needs
prepend_path to return an error.

d_path is the interesting hold out.  d_path just wants to print
something, and does not care about the weird cases.  Which raises
the question what should be printed?

Given that <escaped_path>/<anything> should result in -ENOENT I
believe it is desirable for escaped paths to be printed as empty
paths.  As there are not really any meaninful path components when
considered from the perspective of a mount tree.

So tweak prepend_path to return an empty path with an new error
code of 3 when it encounters an escaped path.

Signed-off-by: "Eric W. Biederman" <ebiederm at xmission.com>
 fs/dcache.c | 7 +++++++
 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+)

diff --git a/fs/dcache.c b/fs/dcache.c
index 5c8ea15e73a5..d7fe995dd32d 100644
--- a/fs/dcache.c
+++ b/fs/dcache.c
@@ -2926,6 +2926,13 @@ restart:
 		if (dentry == vfsmnt->mnt_root || IS_ROOT(dentry)) {
 			struct mount *parent = ACCESS_ONCE(mnt->mnt_parent);
+			/* Escaped? */
+			if (dentry != vfsmnt->mnt_root) {
+				bptr = *buffer;
+				blen = *buflen;
+				error = 3;
+				break;
+			}
 			/* Global root? */
 			if (mnt != parent) {
 				dentry = ACCESS_ONCE(mnt->mnt_mountpoint);

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