Re: [PATCH] perf: prevent kill(0, SIGTERM);

From: Ian Munsie
Date: Mon Jun 14 2010 - 22:35:17 EST

Hi Ingo,

Please consider merging this patch, it's a trivial fix to prevent perf
from killing too many processes in certain unusual situations - such as
killing the other intern's entire X session when called from eclipse
with a typo in the program being profiled.


Excerpts from Ian Munsie's message of Wed Jun 09 18:38:00 +1000 2010:
> From: Ian Munsie <imunsie@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> At exit, perf record will kill the process it was profiling by sending a
> SIGTERM to child_pid (if it had been initialised), but in certain
> situations child_pid may be 0 and perf would mistakenly kill more
> processes than intended.
> child_pid is set to the return of fork() to either 0 or the pid of the
> child. Ordinarily this would not present an issue as the child calls
> execvp to spawn the process to be profilled and would therefore never
> run it's sig_atexit and never attempt to kill pid 0.
> However, if a nonexistant binary had been passed in to perf record the
> call to execvp would fail and child_pid would be left set to 0. The
> child would then exit and it's atexit handler, finding that child_pid
> was initialised to 0, would call kill(0, SIGTERM), resulting in every
> process within it's process group being killed.
> In the case that perf was being run directly from the shell this
> typically would not be an issue as the shell isolates the process.
> However, if perf was being called from another program it could kill
> unexpected processes, which may even include X.
> This patch changes the logic of the test for whether child_pid was
> initialised to only considder positive pids as valid, thereby never
> attempting to kill pid 0.
> Signed-off-by: Ian Munsie <imunsie@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> ---
> tools/perf/builtin-record.c | 2 +-
> 1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/tools/perf/builtin-record.c b/tools/perf/builtin-record.c
> index 5e5c640..300da82 100644
> --- a/tools/perf/builtin-record.c
> +++ b/tools/perf/builtin-record.c
> @@ -193,7 +193,7 @@ static void sig_handler(int sig)
> static void sig_atexit(void)
> {
> - if (child_pid != -1)
> + if (child_pid > 0)
> kill(child_pid, SIGTERM);
> if (signr == -1)
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