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[Bug 1877384] Re: 9pfs file create with mapped-xattr can fail on overlay

From: Launchpad Bug Tracker
Subject: [Bug 1877384] Re: 9pfs file create with mapped-xattr can fail on overlayfs
Date: Tue, 09 Feb 2021 04:17:20 -0000

[Expired for QEMU because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

** Changed in: qemu
       Status: Incomplete => Expired

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  9pfs file create with mapped-xattr can fail on overlayfs

Status in QEMU:

Bug description:
  QEMU Version: 3.1.0 as packaged in debian buster, but the code appears to do 
the same in master.
  qemu command-line: qemu-system-x86_64 -m 1G -nographic -nic 
"user,model=virtio-net-pci,tftp=$(pwd),net=,host=" -fsdev 
local,id=fs,path=$thisdir/..,security_model=mapped-xattr -device 
virtio-9p-pci,fsdev=fs,mount_tag=fs -drive 
"file=$rootdisk,if=virtio,format=raw" -kernel "$kernel" -initrd "$initrd" 
-append "$append"

  I'm using CI that runs in a Docker container and runs a qemu VM with code and 
results shared via virtio 9p.
  The 9p fsdev is configured with security_model=mapped-xattr
  When the test code attempts to create a log file in an existing directory, 
open with O_CREAT fails with -ENOENT.

  The relevant strace excerpt is:

  28791 openat(11, ".", O_RDONLY|O_NOFOLLOW|O_PATH|O_DIRECTORY) = 20
= 21
  28791 fcntl(21, F_SETFL, O_RDONLY|O_DIRECTORY) = 0
  28791 close(20)                         = 0
  28791 openat(21, "client.log", 
  28791 lsetxattr("/proc/self/fd/21/client.log", "user.virtfs.uid", "\0\0\0", 
4, 0) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)

  My hypothesis for what's going wrong is since the Docker container's
  overlayfs copies-up on writes, when it opens the file it's created a
  new version of the `src` directory containing a `client.log`, but this
  new src directory isn't accessible by file descriptor 20 and the
  lsetxattr call is instead attempting to set attributes on the path in
  the old `src` directory.

  Looking at the code, a fix would be to change `hw/9pfs/9p-local.c` and
  change `local_open2` to instead of calling `local_set_xattrat` to set
  the xattrs by directory file descriptor and file name, to have a
  version of local_set_xattrat` which uses `fsetxattr` to set the virtfs
  attributes instead of the `fsetxattrat_nofollow` helper.

  This reliably happened for me in CI, but I don't have access to the CI
  host or the time to strip the test down to make a minimal test case,
  and had difficulty reproducing the error on other machines.

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