perf/ring_buffer: Add ordering to rb->nest increment [Linux 5.2]

perf/ring_buffer: Add ordering to rb->nest increment [Linux 5.2]

This Linux kernel change "perf/ring_buffer: Add ordering to rb->nest increment" is included in the Linux 5.2 release. This change is authored by Peter Zijlstra <peterz [at]> on Fri May 17 13:52:32 2019 +0200. The commit for this change in Linux stable tree is 3f9fbe9 (patch).

perf/ring_buffer: Add ordering to rb->nest increment

Similar to how decrementing rb->next too early can cause data_head to
(temporarily) be observed to go backward, so too can this happen when
we increment too late.

This barrier() ensures the rb->head load happens after the increment,
both the one in the 'goto again' path, as the one from
perf_output_get_handle() -- albeit very unlikely to matter for the

Suggested-by: Yabin Cui <[email protected]>
Signed-off-by: Peter Zijlstra (Intel) <[email protected]>
Cc: Alexander Shishkin <[email protected]>
Cc: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <[email protected]>
Cc: Jiri Olsa <[email protected]>
Cc: Linus Torvalds <[email protected]>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <[email protected]>
Cc: Stephane Eranian <[email protected]>
Cc: Thomas Gleixner <[email protected]>
Cc: Vince Weaver <[email protected]>
Cc: [email protected]
Cc: [email protected]
Cc: [email protected]
Fixes: ef60777c9abd ("perf: Optimize the perf_output() path by removing IRQ-disables")
Link:[email protected]
Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <[email protected]>

There are 9 lines of Linux source code added/deleted in this change. Code changes to Linux kernel are as follows.

 kernel/events/ring_buffer.c | 9 +++++++++
 1 file changed, 9 insertions(+)

diff --git a/kernel/events/ring_buffer.c b/kernel/events/ring_buffer.c
index 009467a..4b5f8d93 100644
--- a/kernel/events/ring_buffer.c
+++ b/kernel/events/ring_buffer.c
@@ -48,6 +48,15 @@ static void perf_output_put_handle(struct perf_output_handle *handle)
    unsigned long head;

+   /*
+    * In order to avoid publishing a head value that goes backwards,
+    * we must ensure the load of @rb->head happens after we've
+    * incremented @rb->nest.
+    *
+    * Otherwise we can observe a @rb->head value before one published
+    * by an IRQ/NMI happening between the load and the increment.
+    */
+   barrier();
    head = local_read(&rb->head);


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