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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 2/5] perf tools: fix piped mode read code
On 5/15/12 5:28 AM, Stephane Eranian wrote:
> In __perf_session__process_pipe_events(), there was a risk
> we would read more than what a union perf_event struct can
> hold. this could happen in case, perf is reading a file which
> contains new record types it does not know about and which are
> larger than anything it knows about.
> In general, perf is supposed to skip records it does not
> understand, but in pipe mode, those have to be read and ignored.
> The fixed size header contains the size of the record, but that
> size may be larger than union perf_event, yet it was used as
> the backing to the read in:
> union perf_event event;
> void *p;
> size = event->header.size;
> p =&event;
> p += sizeof(struct perf_event_header);
> if (size - sizeof(struct perf_event_header)) {
> err = readn(self->fd, p, size - sizeof(struct perf_event_header));
> We fix this by allocating a buffer based on the size reported in
> the header. We reuse the buffer as much as we can. We realloc in
> case it becomes too small. In the common case, the performance
> impact is negligible.
> Signed-off-by: Stephane Eranian<>
> ---
> tools/perf/util/session.c | 34 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++--------
> 1 files changed, 26 insertions(+), 8 deletions(-)

I don't have a file/perf with different sized events, but the change
makes sense.

Reviewed-and-tested-by: David Ahern <>

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