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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/6] : bug fix, remove partial zero out
Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 03:33:56PM +0800, Lai Jiangshan wrote:
>> partial-zero-out a struct is very dangerous, we should zero out
>> field by field directly when need.
>>
>> partial-zero-out for struct trace_iterator exists when ftrace
>> was first introduced into mainline kernel. But in this few years,
>> the code of ftrace is changed a lot, and:
>>
>> 1) partial-zero-out for struct trace_iterator has a bug now,
>> cpumask_var_t started should not be zeroed out.
>>
>> 2) I viewed the codes and found that fields below
>> "/* The below is zeroed out in pipe_read */"
>> don't need to be zeroed out or initialized now.
>>
>> So, we remove the code of "partial zero out"
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Lai Jiangshan <laijs@cn.fujitsu.com>
>> ---
>> diff --git a/include/linux/ftrace_event.h b/include/linux/ftrace_event.h
>> index 3ca9485..c6d0e1a 100644
>> --- a/include/linux/ftrace_event.h
>> +++ b/include/linux/ftrace_event.h
>> @@ -54,7 +54,6 @@ struct trace_iterator {
>> struct ring_buffer_iter *buffer_iter[NR_CPUS];
>> unsigned long iter_flags;
>>
>> - /* The below is zeroed out in pipe_read */
>> struct trace_seq seq;
>> struct trace_entry *ent;
>> int leftover;
>> diff --git a/kernel/trace/trace.c b/kernel/trace/trace.c
>> index 5314c90..27fecf8 100644
>> --- a/kernel/trace/trace.c
>> +++ b/kernel/trace/trace.c
>> @@ -3124,12 +3124,6 @@ waitagain:
>> if (cnt >= PAGE_SIZE)
>> cnt = PAGE_SIZE - 1;
>>
>> - /* reset all but tr, trace, and overruns */
>> - memset(&iter->seq, 0,
>> - sizeof(struct trace_iterator) -
>> - offsetof(struct trace_iterator, seq));
>> - iter->pos = -1;
>> -
>
>
>
> I'm not sure exaclty why we needed to zero the seq here.
> We already reset it in trace_seq_init().
>
> We might do it again on waitagain. I lost track how we could
> ever need to goto waitagain. It was about a tricky bug to fix
> but I'm don't remember exactly the details.
>
> That said, if trace_seq_to_user returns -EBUSY, we
> re-init the seq buffer, so it should be fine I guess.

Yes, -EBUSY is strange here.
but any way, trace_seq_init() is called.

>
> But concerning the need of setting iter->pos to -1, I'm not
> sure we need to remove it. Shouldn't it be set to 0 btw?
>

->pos is not used here, ->idx is just increased here,
so we don't need to initialize them.




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