Re: [BUG] perf stat: corrupts memory when using PMU cpumask

From: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo
Date: Fri Jan 17 2014 - 09:09:34 EST

Em Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 10:00:20AM +0100, Stephane Eranian escreveu:
> The issue boils down to the fact that evsels have their file descriptors closed
> twice nowadays. Once in __run_per_stat() via perf_evsel__close_fd() and
> twice in perf_evlist__close().

> Now, calling close() twice is okay. However the fd is then set to -1.
> That's still okay with close(). The problem is elsewhere.

> It comes from the ncpus argument passed to perf_evsel__close(). It is
> DIFFERENT between the evsel and the evlist when cpumask are used.

> Take my case, 8 CPUs machine but a 1 CPU cpumask. The evsel allocates
> the xyarray for 1 CPU 1 thread. The fd are first close with 1 CPU, 1 thread.
> But then evlist_close() comes in and STILL thinks the events were using
> 8 CPUs, 1 thread and thus a xyarray of that size. And this causes writes
> to entries that are beyond the xyarray when the fds are set to -1, thereby
> causing memory corruption which I was lucky to catch via glibc.

> First, why are we closing the descriptors twice?

The idea here was to reduce the boilerplate that tools need to do when
they are done dealing with evlists, so evlist__delete would do what the
kernel does to resources allocated to a thread when it exits without
explicitely deallocating them: release them all.

So it seems, from your analysis, that bugs were left that need to be
hammered out so that this works as intended. Can you share your patch?

> Second, I have a fix that seems to work for me. It uses the evsel->cpus
> if evsel->cpus exists, otherwise it defaults to evtlist->cpus. Looks like
> a reasonable thing to do to me, but is it? I would rather avoid the double
> close altogether.
> Opinion?
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