Re: [PATCH 2/2] perf: Userspace software event and ioctl

From: Pawel Moll
Date: Fri Sep 26 2014 - 06:48:21 EST

On Thu, 2014-09-25 at 19:33 +0100, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> > How would we select tasks that can write to a given buffer? Maybe an
> > ioctl() on a perf fd? Something like this?
> >
> > ioctl(perf_fd, PERF_EVENT_IOC_ENABLE_UEVENT, pid);
> > ioctl(perf_fd, PERF_EVENT_IOC_DISABLE_UEVENT, pid);
> No, I think there's a simpler way: this should be a regular
> perf_attr flag, which defaults to '0' (tasks cannot do this), but
> which can be set to 1 if the profiler explicitly allows such
> event injection.

As in: allows *all* tasks to inject the data? Are you sure we don't want
more fine-grained control, in particular per task?

If we have two buffers, both created with the "injecting allowed" flag,
do we inject a given uevent into both of them?

> I.e. whether user-events are allowed is controlled by the
> profiling/tracing context, via the regular perf syscall. It would
> propagate into the perf context, so it would be easy to check at
> event generation time.

It would definitely be the profiling/tracing tools that would decide if
the injection is allowed, no question about that. I just feel that it
should be able to select the tasks that can do that, not just flip a big
switch saying "everyone is welcome". Other question is: should a
non-root context be able to receive events from root processes? Wouldn't
it be a security hole (for example, it could be used as a kind of covert
channel)? Maybe we should do what ptrace does? As in: if a task can
ptrace another task, it can also receive uevents from it.


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