Data Corruption bug with Samba's vfs_iouring and Linux 5.6.7/5.7rc3

Jeremy Allison jra at
Thu May 7 16:48:02 UTC 2020

On Thu, May 07, 2020 at 10:43:17AM -0600, Jens Axboe wrote:
> Replying here, as I missed the storm yesterday... The reason why it's
> different is that later kernels no longer attempt to prevent the short
> reads. They happen when you get overlapping buffered IO. Then one sqe
> will find that X of the Y range is already in cache, and return that.
> We don't retry the latter blocking. We previously did, but there was
> a few issues with it:
> - You're redoing the whole IO, which means more copying
> - It's not safe to retry, it'll depend on the file type. For socket,
>   pipe, etc we obviously cannot. This is the real reason it got disabled,
>   as it was broken there.
> Just like for regular system calls, applications must be able to deal
> with short IO.

Thanks, that's a helpful definitive reply. Of course, the SMB3
protocol is designed to deal with short IO replies as well, and
the Samba and linux kernel clients are well-enough written that
they do so. MacOS and Windows however..

Unfortunately they're the most popular clients on the planet,
so we'll probably have to fix Samba to never return short IOs.

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