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[linux-lvm] [iwj@ubuntu.com: Bug#402132: lvm2 racey symlink creation]



----- Forwarded message from Ian Jackson <iwj ubuntu com> -----

Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2006 12:20:05 +0000
From: Ian Jackson <iwj ubuntu com>
To: submit bugs debian org
Subject: Bug#402132: lvm2 racey symlink creation

Package: lvm2
Version: 2.02.06-2
Tags: patch

When the lvm2 utilities vgchange, vgmknodes, et al, create the
/dev/<vg>/<lv> symlinks, they do it like this
    lstat
    unlink
    symlink

This means that even if the vg is and remains active throughout, there
is a moment when the symlink is missing.  Any other program on the
system which is referring to that lv may see this glitch and
misbehave.

The patch below fixes this.  It now does this instead:
    stat
    symlink to /dev/<vg>/<lv>..tmp
    rename the ..tmp symlink to /dev/<vg>/<lv>

FYI, we will be deploying this change in the forthcoming Ubuntu
release.

Thanks for your attention,
Ian.

diff -ruN --exclude='*~' orig/lvm2-2.02.06/lib/activate/fs.c lvm2-2.02.06/lib/activate/fs.c
--- orig/lvm2-2.02.06/lib/activate/fs.c	2005-11-15 17:45:32.000000000 +0000
+++ lvm2-2.02.06/lib/activate/fs.c	2006-12-08 12:16:32.000000000 +0000
@@ -106,7 +106,7 @@
 		    const char *lv_name, const char *dev)
 {
 	char lv_path[PATH_MAX], link_path[PATH_MAX], lvm1_group_path[PATH_MAX];
-	char vg_path[PATH_MAX];
+	char vg_path[PATH_MAX], lv_path_tmp[PATH_MAX];
 	struct stat buf;
 
 	if (lvm_snprintf(vg_path, sizeof(vg_path), "%s%s",
@@ -123,6 +123,13 @@
 		return 0;
 	}
 
+	if (lvm_snprintf(lv_path_tmp, sizeof(lv_path_tmp), "%s..tmp",
+			 lv_path) == -1) {
+		log_error("Couldn't create temporary pathname for "
+			  "logical volume link %s", lv_path);
+		return 0;
+	}
+
 	if (lvm_snprintf(link_path, sizeof(link_path), "%s/%s",
 			 dm_dir(), dev) == -1) {
 		log_error("Couldn't create destination pathname for "
@@ -160,17 +167,11 @@
 				  link_path);
 			return 0;
 		}
-
-		log_very_verbose("Removing %s", lv_path);
-		if (unlink(lv_path) < 0) {
-			log_sys_error("unlink", lv_path);
-			return 0;
-		}
 	}
 
-	log_very_verbose("Linking %s -> %s", lv_path, link_path);
-	if (symlink(link_path, lv_path) < 0) {
-		log_sys_error("symlink", lv_path);
+	log_very_verbose("Linking %s -> %s", lv_path_tmp, link_path);
+	if (symlink(link_path, lv_path_tmp) < 0) {
+		log_sys_error("symlink", lv_path_tmp);
 		return 0;
 	}
 
@@ -181,6 +182,12 @@
         }
 #endif
 
+	log_very_verbose("Installing symlink %s as %s", lv_path_tmp, lv_path);
+	if (rename(lv_path_tmp, lv_path) < 0) {
+		log_sys_error("rename", lv_path_tmp);
+		return 0;
+	}
+
 	return 1;
 }

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