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Re: [Qemu-block] [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 4/4] nbd/client: Deal with unaligne

From: Vladimir Sementsov-Ogievskiy
Subject: Re: [Qemu-block] [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 4/4] nbd/client: Deal with unaligned size from server
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:57:06 +0300
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02.08.2018 17:48, Eric Blake wrote:
When a server advertises an unaligned size but no block sizes,
the code was rounding up to a sector-aligned size (a known
limitation of bdrv_getlength()), then assuming a request_alignment
of 512 (the recommendation of the NBD spec for maximum portability).
However, this means that qemu will actually attempt to access the
padding bytes of the trailing partial sector.

An easy demonstration, using nbdkit as the server:
$ nbdkit -fv random size=1023
$ qemu-io -r -f raw -c 'r -v 0 1023' nbd://localhost:10809
read failed: Invalid argument

because the client rounded the request up to 1024 bytes, which
nbdkit then rejected as beyond the advertised size of 1023.

Note that qemu as the server refuses to send an unaligned size, as
it has already rounded the unaligned image up to sector size, and
then happily resizes the image on access (at least when serving a
POSIX file over NBD).

Reported-by: Richard W.M. Jones <address@hidden>
Signed-off-by: Eric Blake <address@hidden>

Reviewed-by: Vladimir Sementsov-Ogievskiy <address@hidden>

Best regards,

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