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[Bug 1371591] Re: file not initialized to 0s under some conditions


Hi which VMware platform are you on, ESX or Fusion/WS?
Could you try running the test case as described in the description to see if it is the same issue?

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  file not initialized to 0s under some conditions

Status in “linux” package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released
Status in “linux-lts-trusty” package in Ubuntu:
Status in “linux” source package in Precise:
Status in “linux-lts-trusty” source package in Precise:
  Fix Released
Status in “linux” source package in Trusty:
  Fix Released
Status in “linux-lts-trusty” source package in Trusty:

Bug description:
  SRU Justification:


  Under some conditions, after fallocate() the file is observed not to
  be completely initilized to 0s: some 4KB pages have left-over data
  from previous files that occupied those pages. Note that in addition
  to causing functional problems for applications expecting files to be
  initialized to 0s, this is a security issue because it allows data to
  "leak" from one file to another, bypassing file access controls.

  The problem has been seen running under the following VMWare-based virtual environments:
  Fusion 6.0.2
  ESXi 5.1.0

  And under the following versions of Ubuntu:
  Ubuntu 12.04, 3.11.0-26-generic
  Ubuntu 14.04.1, 3.13.0-32-generic
  Ubuntu 14.04.1, 3.13.0-35-generic

  But did not reproduce under the following version:
  Ubuntu 10.04, 2.6.32-38-server

  The problem reproduced under LVM, but did not reproduce without LVM.

  [Test Case]

  I reproduced the problem as follows under VMWare Fusion:
  set up custom VM with default disk size (20 GB) and memory size (1 GB)
  attach Ubuntu 14.04.1 ISO to CDROM, set it as boot device, boot up
  select all defaults during installation _including_ LVM
  install gcc
  unpack the attached repro.tgz
  run repro.sh

  what it does:
  * fills the disk with a file containing bytes of 0xcc then deletes it
  * repeatedly runs the repro program which creates two files and accesses them in a certain pattern
  * checks the file f0 with hexdump; it should contain all 0s, but if pages 0x1000-0x7000 contain 0xcc you have reproduced the problem

  If the problem does not appear to reproduce, please try waiting a bit
  and checking the f0 files with hexdump again. This behavior was
  observed by a customer reproducing the problem under ESXi. I since
  added an sync after the running the repro binary which I think will
  fix that.

  If you still can't reproduce the problem please let me know if there's
  anything I can do to help. For example can we trace the disk accesses
  at the SCSI level to verify whether the appropriate SCSI commands are
  being sent? This may help determine whether the problem is in Linux or
  in VMWare.


  mptfusion: enable no_write_same in scsi_host_template
  commit 4089b71cc820a426d601283c92fcd4ffeb5139c2 upstream


  (Note this patch may be reverted in the future as there is active
  discussion upstream about a more generic fix)

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