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Date:   Wed, 29 Aug 2018 19:19:50 -0700
Subject: [PATCH] perf event-parse: Use fixed size string for comms

From: Chris Phlipot <>

Some implementations of libc do not support the 'm' width modifier
as part of the scanf string format specifier. This can cause the
parsing to fail.  Since the parser never checks if the scanf
parsing was successesful, this can result in a crash.

Change the comm string to be allocated as a fixed size instead of
dynamically using 'm' scanf width modifier. This can be safely done
since comm size is limited to 16 bytes by TASK_COMM_LEN within the

This change prevents perf from crashing when linked against bionic
as well as reduces the total number of heap allocations and frees
invoked while accomplishing the same task.

Signed-off-by: Chris Phlipot <>
 tools/perf/util/trace-event-parse.c | 7 +++----
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/tools/perf/util/trace-event-parse.c b/tools/perf/util/trace-event-parse.c
index 920b1d58a068..e76214f8d596 100644
--- a/tools/perf/util/trace-event-parse.c
+++ b/tools/perf/util/trace-event-parse.c
@@ -164,16 +164,15 @@ void parse_ftrace_printk(struct tep_handle *pevent,
 void parse_saved_cmdline(struct tep_handle *pevent,
 			 char *file, unsigned int size __maybe_unused)
-	char *comm;
+	char comm[17]; /* Max comm length in the kernel is 16. */
 	char *line;
 	char *next = NULL;
 	int pid;
 	line = strtok_r(file, "\n", &next);
 	while (line) {
-		sscanf(line, "%d %ms", &pid, &comm);
-		tep_register_comm(pevent, comm, pid);
-		free(comm);
+		if (sscanf(line, "%d %16s", &pid, comm) == 2)
+			tep_register_comm(pevent, comm, pid);
 		line = strtok_r(NULL, "\n", &next);

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