Re: [PATCH v2 0/29] block: Make blkdev_get_by_*() return handle

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On Sat, Aug 26, 2023 at 03:28:52AM +0100, Al Viro wrote:
> I mean, look at claim_swapfile() for example:
>                 p->bdev = blkdev_get_by_dev(inode->i_rdev,
>                                    FMODE_READ | FMODE_WRITE | FMODE_EXCL, p);
>                 if (IS_ERR(p->bdev)) {
>                         error = PTR_ERR(p->bdev);
>                         p->bdev = NULL;
>                         return error;
>                 }
>                 p->old_block_size = block_size(p->bdev);
>                 error = set_blocksize(p->bdev, PAGE_SIZE);
>                 if (error < 0)
>                         return error;
> we already have the file opened, and we keep it opened all the way until
> the swapoff(2); here we have noticed that it's a block device and we
> 	* open the fucker again (by device number), this time claiming
> it with our swap_info_struct as holder, to be closed at swapoff(2) time
> (just before we close the file)

Note that some drivers look at FMODE_EXCL/BLK_OPEN_EXCL in ->open.
These are probably bogus and maybe we want to kill them, but that will
need an audit first.

> BTW, what happens if two threads call ioctl(fd, BLKBSZSET, &n)
> for the same descriptor that happens to have been opened O_EXCL?
> Without O_EXCL they would've been unable to claim the sucker at the same
> time - the holder we are using is the address of a function argument,
> i.e. something that points to kernel stack of the caller.  Those would
> conflict and we either get set_blocksize() calls fully serialized, or
> one of the callers would eat -EBUSY.  Not so in "opened with O_EXCL"
> case - they can very well overlap and IIRC set_blocksize() does *not*
> expect that kind of crap...  It's all under CAP_SYS_ADMIN, so it's not
> as if it was a meaningful security hole anyway, but it does look fishy.

The user get to keep the pieces..  BLKBSZSET is kinda bogus anyway
as the soft blocksize only matters for buffer_head-like I/O, and
there only for file systems.  Not idea why anyone would set it manually.

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