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Old 03-17-2009, 05:13 AM
Default Bug#497562: Patch from Red Hat

I found this related information at Red Hat EL 4.8's RHSA-2009:0331-14.
The trouble caused by race conditions.

Information from Red Hat:
* http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2009-0331.html
* => https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=476533 (published info, link from RHSA-2009:0331-14)
* => https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=460179 (this is Red Hat's private)
* Red Hat's patchname:linux-2.6.9-fs-fix-it-already-cleared-for-block-errors.patch
linux/fs/buffer.c::void unlock_buffer is :
+ smp_mb__before_clear_bit();
clear_bit_unlock(BH_Lock, &bh->b_state);
wake_up_bit(&bh->b_state, BH_Lock);

They said,
> a misplaced memory barrier at unlock_buffer() could lead to a concurrent
> h_refcounter update which produced a reference counter leak and, later, a
> double free in ext3_xattr_release_block(). Consequent to the double free,
> ext3 reported an error
> ext3_free_blocks_sb: bit already cleared for block [block number]
> and mounted itself as read-only. With this update, the memory barrier is
> now placed before the buffer head lock bit, forcing the write order and
> preventing the double free. (BZ#476533)

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