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[dm-devel] an unintentionally blacklisted LU and a multipathd SIGSEGV in 0.4 .5-pre3

Found an annoying problem last week with multipath-tools-0.4.5-pre3 that was
consistently terminating my multipathd and unbeknownst to me, excluding one
of my SCSI LUs from receiving multipathing services.

First, an LU with a scsi_id assigned UID of
was being blacklisted because the default blacklist includes a regular
of the form "(ram | raw | loop | fd)[0-9]*" which happens to match the
substring "fd8"
in the UID.  I've fixed the problem by changing the blacklist regular
to instead be "^(ram | raw | loop | fd)[0-9]*" since the intention is really
to exclude
devices from multipath discovery only when their name __begins__ with any of
prefixes within the parenthesis.  Turns out "fd" is the  only one of these
prefixes which contains exclusively valid alpha-hexa-numeric characters.
The "fd"
Characters should not mistakenly collide with hexa-numeric characters at the
beginning of at least a scsi_id assigned block device UID since scsi_id is
assigning either an alpha 0, 1, 2, or 3 to the first character of the UID

This problem is likely in all versions of multipath-tools since 0.4.4-pre7
when the
use of both regcomp and regexec were first introduced.

Second, the multipathd in version 0.4.5-pre3 of multipath-tools will SIGSEGV
whenever it dereferences a null mpp field of a path struct in checkerloop().
field will be null at least in cases where the path is either blacklisted or
its UID
cannot be determined.

I've included a patch for both problems below.

diff -ur multipath-tools-0.4.5-pre3.orig/libmultipath/blacklist.c
--- multipath-tools-0.4.5-pre3.orig/libmultipath/blacklist.c	2005-06-10
03:28:53.000000000 -0500
+++ multipath-tools-0.4.5-pre3/libmultipath/blacklist.c	2005-06-17
18:20:20.670980296 -0500
@@ -55,7 +55,7 @@
 	int r = 0;
-	r += store_ble(blist, "(ram|raw|loop|fd|md|dm-|sr|scd|st)[0-9]*");
+	r += store_ble(blist, "^(ram|raw|loop|fd|md|dm-|sr|scd|st)[0-9]*");
 	r += store_ble(blist, "hd[a-z]");
 	r += store_ble(blist, "cciss!c[0-9]d[0-9]*");
diff -ur multipath-tools-0.4.5-pre3.orig/multipathd/main.c
--- multipath-tools-0.4.5-pre3.orig/multipathd/main.c	2005-06-10
03:28:53.000000000 -0500
+++ multipath-tools-0.4.5-pre3/multipathd/main.c	2005-06-20
10:13:24.059190944 -0500
@@ -723,6 +723,13 @@
 		condlog(4, "tick");
 		vector_foreach_slot (allpaths->pathvec, pp, i) {
+			/*
+			 * Don't both to check this path -- it is likely
+			 * either blacklisted or its getuid callout is
+			 * not returning successfully.
+			 */
+			if (!pp->mpp)
+				continue;
 			if (pp->tick) {
 				 * don't check this path yet

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