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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/9] exec: add a global execve counter
On Sat, Mar 10, 2012 at 4:12 PM, Linus Torvalds
<torvalds@linux-foundation.org> wrote:
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> I wonder if we couldn't make something much cheaper, since we don't
> actually care about it being globally incrementing, we just care about
> it being globally unique.

Actually, we don't even need it to be "globally unique" afaik. It
really needs to be "relatively unique", since it's always compared
within the confines of a particular task.

So the problem with using the existing "self_exec_id" is that it's
trivially the same across tasks. But a *tuple* of <struct
task_struct, thread-specific exec_id> doesn't have that issue, so as
far as I can tell we could easily make *that* the unique ID.

I wonder if the number part of exec_id would even have to be 64-bit. I
think I can do about 10000 execves per second if I make the program a
small static one - and that's on a fast CPU. And it's a per-thread
counter, so you can't scale it with lots of CPU's. So it would take
something like four days to wrap. Hmm..
Linus


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