Bug #3512

rounding discrepancy in sa_find_sizes()

Added by Christopher Siden over 7 years ago. Updated over 7 years ago.

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This is a port of a ZoL fix. From their description:

A rounding discrepancy exists between how sa_build_layouts() and
sa_find_sizes() calculate when the spill block needs to be kicked in.
This results in a narrow size range where sa_build_layouts() believes
there must be a spill block allocated but due to the discrepancy there
isn't.  A panic then occurs when the hdl->sa_spill NULL pointer is

The following reproducer for this bug was isolated:

    truncate -s 128m /tmp/tank
    zpool create tank /tmp/tank
    zfs create -o xattr=sa tank/fish
    ln -s `perl -e 'print "z" x 41'` /tank/fish/z
    setfattr -hn -v`perl -e 'print "z"x45'` /tank/fish/z

This test results in roughly the following system attribute (SA)

  176 bytes - "standard" SA's
   41 bytes - name of symbolic link target
  100 bytes - XDR encoded nvlist for xattr
  317 bytes - total

Because 317 is less than DN_MAX_BONUSLEN (320), sa_find_sizes()
decides no spill block is needed. But sa_build_layouts() rounds 41 up
to 48 when computing the space requirements so it tries to switch to
the spill block.

Note that we were only able to reproduce this bug using a combination
of symbolic links and the Linux-specific xattr=sa dataset property.
So while this issue is not technically Linux-specific, it may be
difficult or impossible to hit the narrow size range needed to
reproduce it on other platforms.

To fix the discrepancy, round the running total in sa_find_sizes() up
to an 8-byte boundary before accounting for each SA, since this is how
they will be stored in the bonus and (possibly) spill buffers.

To make the intent of the code more clear, explicitly assert key
assumptions about expected alignment of data and whether spill-over
will occur.



Updated by Christopher Siden over 7 years ago

  • % Done changed from 0 to 100
  • Status changed from New to Closed
commit 644b952
Author: Ned Bass <>
Date:   Fri Feb 8 13:19:22 2013

    3512 rounding discrepancy in sa_find_sizes()
    3513 mismatch between SA header size and layout
    Reviewed by: Matthew Ahrens <>
    Reviewed by: Boris Protopopov <>
    Approved by: Dan McDonald <>

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