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Subject[GIT PULL] tracing: Do not add event files for modules that fail tracepoints


In the past, I've had lots of reports about trace events not working.
Developers would say they put a trace_printk() before and after the trace
event but when they enable it (and the trace event said it was enabled) they
would see the trace_printks but not the trace event.

I was not able to reproduce this, but that's because I wasn't looking at
the right location. Recently, another bug came up that showed the issue.

If your kernel supports signed modules but allows for non-signed modules
to be loaded, then when one is, the kernel will silently set the
MODULE_FORCED taint on the module. Although, this taint happens without
the need for insmod --force or anything of the kind, it labels the
module with that taint anyway.

If this tainted module has tracepoints, the tracepoints will be ignored
because of the MODULE_FORCED taint. But no error message will be
displayed. Worse yet, the event infrastructure will still be created
letting users enable the trace event represented by the tracepoint,
although that event will never actually be enabled. This is because
the tracepoint infrastructure allows for non-existing tracepoints to
be enabled for new modules to arrive and have their tracepoints set.

Although there are several things wrong with the above, this change
only addresses the creation of the trace event files for tracepoints
that are not created when a module is loaded and is tainted. This change
will print an error message about the module being tainted and the
trace events will not be created, and it does not create the trace event

Please pull the latest trace-fixes-v3.14-rc5 tree, which can be found at:


Tag SHA1: babb7844ff64d24d7206dd477c0dacc5683d05b7
Head SHA1: 45ab2813d40d88fc575e753c38478de242d03f88

Steven Rostedt (Red Hat) (1):
tracing: Do not add event files for modules that fail tracepoints

include/linux/tracepoint.h | 6 ++++++
kernel/trace/trace_events.c | 10 ++++++++++
kernel/tracepoint.c | 7 ++++++-
3 files changed, 22 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
commit 45ab2813d40d88fc575e753c38478de242d03f88
Author: Steven Rostedt (Red Hat) <>
Date: Wed Feb 26 13:37:38 2014 -0500

tracing: Do not add event files for modules that fail tracepoints

If a module fails to add its tracepoints due to module tainting, do not
create the module event infrastructure in the debugfs directory. As the events
will not work and worse yet, they will silently fail, making the user wonder
why the events they enable do not display anything.

Having a warning on module load and the events not visible to the users
will make the cause of the problem much clearer.


Fixes: 6d723736e472 "tracing/events: add support for modules to TRACE_EVENT"
Acked-by: Mathieu Desnoyers <>
Cc: # 2.6.31+
Cc: Rusty Russell <>
Signed-off-by: Steven Rostedt <>

diff --git a/include/linux/tracepoint.h b/include/linux/tracepoint.h
index accc497..7159a0a 100644
--- a/include/linux/tracepoint.h
+++ b/include/linux/tracepoint.h
@@ -60,6 +60,12 @@ struct tp_module {
unsigned int num_tracepoints;
struct tracepoint * const *tracepoints_ptrs;
+bool trace_module_has_bad_taint(struct module *mod);
+static inline bool trace_module_has_bad_taint(struct module *mod)
+ return false;
#endif /* CONFIG_MODULES */

struct tracepoint_iter {
diff --git a/kernel/trace/trace_events.c b/kernel/trace/trace_events.c
index e71ffd4..f3989ce 100644
--- a/kernel/trace/trace_events.c
+++ b/kernel/trace/trace_events.c
@@ -1777,6 +1777,16 @@ static void trace_module_add_events(struct module *mod)
struct ftrace_event_call **call, **start, **end;

+ if (!mod->num_trace_events)
+ return;
+ /* Don't add infrastructure for mods without tracepoints */
+ if (trace_module_has_bad_taint(mod)) {
+ pr_err("%s: module has bad taint, not creating trace events\n",
+ mod->name);
+ return;
+ }
start = mod->trace_events;
end = mod->trace_events + mod->num_trace_events;

diff --git a/kernel/tracepoint.c b/kernel/tracepoint.c
index 29f2654..031cc56 100644
--- a/kernel/tracepoint.c
+++ b/kernel/tracepoint.c
@@ -631,6 +631,11 @@ void tracepoint_iter_reset(struct tracepoint_iter *iter)

+bool trace_module_has_bad_taint(struct module *mod)
+ return mod->taints & ~((1 << TAINT_OOT_MODULE) | (1 << TAINT_CRAP));
static int tracepoint_module_coming(struct module *mod)
struct tp_module *tp_mod, *iter;
@@ -641,7 +646,7 @@ static int tracepoint_module_coming(struct module *mod)
* module headers (for forced load), to make sure we don't cause a crash.
* Staging and out-of-tree GPL modules are fine.
- if (mod->taints & ~((1 << TAINT_OOT_MODULE) | (1 << TAINT_CRAP)))
+ if (trace_module_has_bad_taint(mod))
return 0;
tp_mod = kmalloc(sizeof(struct tp_module), GFP_KERNEL);

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