Re: [PATCH] audit: Only use the syscall slowpath when syscall audit rules exist

From: Steve Grubb
Date: Mon Feb 03 2014 - 15:24:25 EST

On Monday, February 03, 2014 09:53:23 AM Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> This toggles TIF_SYSCALL_AUDIT as needed when rules change instead of
> leaving it set whenever rules might be set in the future. This reduces
> syscall latency from >60ns to closer to 40ns on my laptop.

Does this mean that we have processes that don't have the TIF_SYSCALL_AUDIT
flag set? When rules get loaded, how do we get the flag put back into all

The theory of ops is supposed to be that for anyone not needing audit, there
is only the cost of "if (tif & TIF_SYSCALL_AUDIT)". That should be it. If you
have audit enabled or had it enabled (which means it might be loaded with new
rules), we want to inspect the syscall. There should be a short circuit based
on checking that any rules has ever been loaded or are currently loaded before
doing any real collection.


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