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[Qemu-devel] [PATCH] Fix NBD unsupported options

From: Alex Bligh
Subject: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH] Fix NBD unsupported options
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2016 19:55:00 +0100

nbd-client.c currently fails to handle unsupported options properly.
If during option haggling the server finds an option that is
unsupported, it returns an NBD_REP_ERR_UNSUP reply.

According to nbd's proto.md, the format for such a reply
should be:

  S: 64 bits, 0x3e889045565a9 (magic number for replies)
  S: 32 bits, the option as sent by the client to which this is a reply
  S: 32 bits, reply type (e.g., NBD_REP_ACK for successful completion,
     or NBD_REP_ERR_UNSUP to mark use of an option not known by this server
  S: 32 bits, length of the reply. This may be zero for some replies,
     in which case the next field is not sent
  S: any data as required by the reply (e.g., an export name in the case

However, in nbd-client.c, the reply type was being read, and if it
contained an error, it was bailing out and issuing the next option
request without first reading the length. This meant that the
next option / handshake read had an extra 4 bytes of data in it.
In practice, this makes Qemu incompatible with servers that do not
support NBD_OPT_LIST.

To verify this isn't an error in the specification or my reading of
it, replies are sent by the reference implementation here:
and as is evident it always sends a 'datasize' (aka length) 32 bit
word. Unsupported elements are replied to here:

Signed-off-by: Alex Bligh <address@hidden>
 nbd/client.c | 13 +++++++------
 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)

diff --git a/nbd/client.c b/nbd/client.c
index d9b7a9b..6f0541d 100644
--- a/nbd/client.c
+++ b/nbd/client.c
@@ -138,12 +138,6 @@ static int nbd_receive_list(QIOChannel *ioc, char **name, 
Error **errp)
         return -1;
     type = be32_to_cpu(type);
-    if (type == NBD_REP_ERR_UNSUP) {
-        return 0;
-    }
-    if (nbd_handle_reply_err(opt, type, errp) < 0) {
-        return -1;
-    }
     if (read_sync(ioc, &len, sizeof(len)) != sizeof(len)) {
         error_setg(errp, "failed to read option length");
@@ -151,6 +145,13 @@ static int nbd_receive_list(QIOChannel *ioc, char **name, 
Error **errp)
     len = be32_to_cpu(len);
+    if (type == NBD_REP_ERR_UNSUP) {
+        return 0;
+    }
+    if (nbd_handle_reply_err(opt, type, errp) < 0) {
+        return -1;
+    }
     if (type == NBD_REP_ACK) {
         if (len != 0) {
             error_setg(errp, "length too long for option end");

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