Re: [PATCH] oprofile: fix CPU unplug panic in ppro_stop()

From: Ingo Molnar
Date: Tue Dec 02 2008 - 03:18:03 EST

* Eric Dumazet <dada1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> If oprofile statically compiled in kernel, a cpu unplug triggers
> a panic in ppro_stop(), because a NULL pointer is dereferenced.
> Signed-off-by: Eric Dumazet <dada1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> ---
> arch/x86/oprofile/op_model_ppro.c | 4 ++++
> 1 files changed, 4 insertions(+)

> diff --git a/arch/x86/oprofile/op_model_ppro.c b/arch/x86/oprofile/op_model_ppro.c
> index 716d26f..e9f80c7 100644
> --- a/arch/x86/oprofile/op_model_ppro.c
> +++ b/arch/x86/oprofile/op_model_ppro.c
> @@ -156,6 +156,8 @@ static void ppro_start(struct op_msrs const * const msrs)
> unsigned int low, high;
> int i;
> + if (!reset_value)
> + return;
> for (i = 0; i < num_counters; ++i) {
> if (reset_value[i]) {
> CTRL_READ(low, high, msrs, i);

i checked which commit caused this, and it is:

From b99170288421c79f0c2efa8b33e26e65f4bb7fb8 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Andi Kleen <ak@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2008 14:50:31 +0200
Subject: [PATCH] oprofile: Implement Intel architectural perfmon support

it is an absolutely horrible commit - which has caused the second
regression in a row already. The _real_ "perfmon support" patch should
have been a _oneliner_:

-#define NUM_COUNTERS 2
-#define NUM_CONTROLS 2
+#define NUM_COUNTERS 8
+#define NUM_CONTROLS 8

as Nehalem has 4 performance counters so 8 is plenty - and we dont expect
more than 8 in the next 5 years or so.

It was absolutely unnecessary to add kmalloc to this rarely executed
codepath - and the way it was added was absolutely horrible as well, it
was tacked on in the middle of an existing codepath, instead of factoring
it out nicely. Perfmon will eventually replace PMC management anyway, so
there was no "this way it's cleaner" argument either. So this code should
have been changed minimally, instead of slapping in a full kmalloc for a
simple array extension from 2 to 4 entries ...

You need to be more careful when changing x86 architecture code.

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