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From c0ea161a6e7158281f64bc6d41126da43cb08f14 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: "Eric W. Biederman" <>
Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2015 13:36:12 -0500
Subject: [PATCH 1/2] dcache: Handle escaped paths in prepend_path

commit cde93be45a8a90d8c264c776fab63487b5038a65 upstream.

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" <>
Signed-off-by: Al Viro <>
 fs/dcache.c | 7 +++++++
 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+)

diff --git a/fs/dcache.c b/fs/dcache.c
index 9b5fe503f6cb..e3b44ca75a1b 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);