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Date:	Thu, 16 Jun 2011 19:52:50 +0400
From:	Vasiliy Kulikov <>
Cc:	Vasiliy Kulikov <>,
	Balbir Singh <>
Subject: [PATCH] taskstats: don't allow duplicate entries in listener mode

From: Vasiliy Kulikov <>

Currently a single process may register exit handlers unlimited times.
It may lead to a bloated listeners chain and very slow process terminations.
kernel memory is stolen for the handlers chain and "time id" shows 2-7
seconds instead of normal 0.003.  It makes it possible to exhaust all
kernel memory and to eat much of CPU time by triggerring numerous exits
on a single CPU.

The patch limits the number of times a single process may register
itself on a single CPU to one.

One little issue is kept unfixed - as taskstats_exit() is called before
exit_files() in do_exit(), the orphaned listener entry (if it was not
explicitly deregistered) is kept until the next someone's exit() and
implicit deregistration in send_cpu_listeners().  So, if a process
registered itself as a listener exits and the next spawned process gets
the same pid, it would inherit taskstats attributes.

Signed-off-by: Vasiliy Kulikov <>
 kernel/taskstats.c |   15 ++++++++++++---
 1 files changed, 12 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/taskstats.c b/kernel/taskstats.c
index 9ffea36..fc0f220 100644
--- a/kernel/taskstats.c
+++ b/kernel/taskstats.c
@@ -285,16 +285,18 @@ ret:
 static int add_del_listener(pid_t pid, const struct cpumask *mask, int isadd)
 	struct listener_list *listeners;
-	struct listener *s, *tmp;
+	struct listener *s, *tmp, *s2;
 	unsigned int cpu;
 	if (!cpumask_subset(mask, cpu_possible_mask))
 		return -EINVAL;
+	s = NULL;
 	if (isadd == REGISTER) {
 		for_each_cpu(cpu, mask) {
-			s = kmalloc_node(sizeof(struct listener), GFP_KERNEL,
-					 cpu_to_node(cpu));
+			if (!s)
+				s = kmalloc_node(sizeof(struct listener),
+						 GFP_KERNEL, cpu_to_node(cpu));
 			if (!s)
 				goto cleanup;
 			s->pid = pid;
@@ -303,9 +305,16 @@ static int add_del_listener(pid_t pid, const struct cpumask *mask, int isadd)
 			listeners = &per_cpu(listener_array, cpu);
+			list_for_each_entry_safe(s2, tmp, &listeners->list, list) {
+				if (s2->pid == pid)
+					goto next_cpu;
+			}
 			list_add(&s->list, &listeners->list);
+			s = NULL;
+		kfree(s);
 		return 0;

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