perf/core: Update filters only on executable mmap

This change “perf/core: Update filters only on executable mmap” in Linux kernel is authored by Mathieu Poirier <mathieu.poirier [at] linaro.org> on Mon Jul 18 10:43:06 2016 -0600.

perf/core: Update filters only on executable mmap

Function perf_event_mmap() is called by the MM subsystem each time
part of a binary is loaded in memory.  There can be several mapping
for a binary, many times unrelated to the code section.

Each time a section of a binary is mapped address filters are
updated, event when the map doesn't pertain to the code section.
The end result is that filters are configured based on the last map
event that was received rather than the last mapping of the code
segment.

For example if we have an executable 'main' that calls library
'libcstest.so.1.0', and that we want to collect traces on code
that is in that library.  The perf cmd line for this scenario
would be:

  perf record -e cs_etm// --filter 'filter 0x72c/0x40@/opt/lib/libcstest.so.1.0' --per-thread ./main

Resulting in binaries being mapped this way:

  root@linaro-nano:~# cat /proc/1950/maps
  00400000-00401000 r-xp 00000000 08:02 33169     /home/linaro/main
  00410000-00411000 r--p 00000000 08:02 33169     /home/linaro/main
  00411000-00412000 rw-p 00001000 08:02 33169     /home/linaro/main
  7fa2464000-7fa2474000 rw-p 00000000 00:00 0
  7fa2474000-7fa25a4000 r-xp 00000000 08:02 543   /lib/aarch64-linux-gnu/libc-2.21.so
  7fa25a4000-7fa25b3000 ---p 00130000 08:02 543   /lib/aarch64-linux-gnu/libc-2.21.so
  7fa25b3000-7fa25b7000 r--p 0012f000 08:02 543   /lib/aarch64-linux-gnu/libc-2.21.so
  7fa25b7000-7fa25b9000 rw-p 00133000 08:02 543   /lib/aarch64-linux-gnu/libc-2.21.so
  7fa25b9000-7fa25bd000 rw-p 00000000 00:00 0
  7fa25bd000-7fa25be000 r-xp 00000000 08:02 38308 /opt/lib/libcstest.so.1.0
  7fa25be000-7fa25cd000 ---p 00001000 08:02 38308 /opt/lib/libcstest.so.1.0
  7fa25cd000-7fa25ce000 r--p 00000000 08:02 38308 /opt/lib/libcstest.so.1.0
  7fa25ce000-7fa25cf000 rw-p 00001000 08:02 38308 /opt/lib/libcstest.so.1.0
  7fa25cf000-7fa25eb000 r-xp 00000000 08:02 574   /lib/aarch64-linux-gnu/ld-2.21.so
  7fa25ef000-7fa25f2000 rw-p 00000000 00:00 0
  7fa25f7000-7fa25f9000 rw-p 00000000 00:00 0
  7fa25f9000-7fa25fa000 r--p 00000000 00:00 0     [vvar]
  7fa25fa000-7fa25fb000 r-xp 00000000 00:00 0     [vdso]
  7fa25fb000-7fa25fc000 r--p 0001c000 08:02 574   /lib/aarch64-linux-gnu/ld-2.21.so
  7fa25fc000-7fa25fe000 rw-p 0001d000 08:02 574   /lib/aarch64-linux-gnu/ld-2.21.so
  7ff2ea8000-7ff2ec9000 rw-p 00000000 00:00 0     [stack]
  root@linaro-nano:~#

Before 'main()' can execute 'libcstest.so.1.0' has to be loaded in
memory.  Once that has been done perf_event_mmap() has been called
4 times, with the last map starting at address 0x7fa25ce000 and
the address filter configured to start filtering when the
IP has passed over address 0x0x7fa25ce72c (0x7fa25ce000 + 0x72c).

But that is wrong since the code segment for library 'libcstest.so.1.0'
as been mapped at 0x7fa25bd000, resulting in traces not being
collected.

This patch corrects the situation by requesting that address
filters be updated only if the mapped event is for a code
segment.

Signed-off-by: Mathieu Poirier <mathieu.poirier@linaro.org>
Signed-off-by: Peter Zijlstra (Intel) <peterz@infradead.org>
Acked-by: Alexander Shishkin <alexander.shishkin@linux.intel.com>
Cc: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <acme@redhat.com>
Cc: Jiri Olsa <jolsa@redhat.com>
Cc: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org>
Cc: Stephane Eranian <eranian@google.com>
Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>
Cc: Vince Weaver <vincent.weaver@maine.edu>
Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/1468860187-318-3-git-send-email-mathieu.poirier@linaro.org
Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org>

This Linux change may have been applied to various maintained Linux releases and you can find Linux releases including commit 12b40a2.

There are 7 lines of Linux source code added/deleted in this change. Code changes to Linux kernel are as follows.

 kernel/events/core.c | 7 +++++++
 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+)

diff --git a/kernel/events/core.c b/kernel/events/core.c
index 52780ef..9a030a9 100644
--- a/kernel/events/core.c
+++ b/kernel/events/core.c
@@ -6689,6 +6689,13 @@ static void perf_addr_filters_adjust(struct vm_area_struct *vma)
 	struct perf_event_context *ctx;
 	int ctxn;
 
+	/*
+	 * Data tracing isn't supported yet and as such there is no need
+	 * to keep track of anything that isn't related to executable code:
+	 */
+	if (!(vma->vm_flags & VM_EXEC))
+		return;
+
 	rcu_read_lock();
 	for_each_task_context_nr(ctxn) {
 		ctx = rcu_dereference(current->perf_event_ctxp[ctxn]);

The commit for this change in Linux stable tree is 12b40a2 (patch).

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