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vfs: add missing virtual cache flush after editing partial pages

Andrew Morton pointed this out a month ago, and then I completely forgot
about it.

If we read a partial last page of a block device, we will zero out the
end of the page, but since that page can then be mapped into user space,
we should also make sure to flush the cache on architectures that have
virtual caches.  We have the flush_dcache_page() function for this, so
use it.

Now, in practice this really never matters, because nobody sane uses
virtual caches to begin with, and they largely exist on old broken RISC

And even if you did run on one of those obsolete CPU's, the whole "mmap
and access the last partial page of a block device" behavior probably
doesn't actually exist.  The normal IO functions (read/write) will never
see the zeroed-out part of the page that migth not be coherent in the
cache, because they honor the size of the device.

So I'm marking this for stable (3.7 only), but I'm not sure anybody will
ever care.

Pointed-out-by: Andrew Morton <>
Cc:  # 3.7
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
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torvalds committed Jan 14, 2013
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  1. +1 −0 fs/buffer.c
@@ -2935,6 +2935,7 @@ static void guard_bh_eod(int rw, struct bio *bio, struct buffer_head *bh)
void *kaddr = kmap_atomic(bh->b_page);
memset(kaddr + bh_offset(bh) + bytes, 0, bh->b_size - bytes);
+ flush_dcache_page(bh->b_page);

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