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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] leaking_addresses: skip all /proc/PID except /proc/1
On Thu, Mar 1, 2018 at 11:06 PM, Tobin C. Harding <me@tobin.cc> wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 03:45:09PM +1100, Tobin C. Harding wrote:
>> When the system is idle it is likely that most files under /proc/PID
>> will be identical for various processes. Scanning _all_ the PIDs under
>> /proc is unnecessary and implies that we are thoroughly scanning /proc.
>> This is _not_ the case because there may be ways userspace can trigger
>> creation of /proc files that leak addresses but were not present during
>> a scan. For these two reasons we should exclude all PID directories
>> under /proc except '1/'
>>
>> Exclude all /proc/PID except /proc/1.
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Tobin C. Harding <me@tobin.cc>
>> ---
>> scripts/leaking_addresses.pl | 11 +++++++++++
>> 1 file changed, 11 insertions(+)
>>
>> diff --git a/scripts/leaking_addresses.pl b/scripts/leaking_addresses.pl
>> index 6e5bc57caeaa..fb40e2828f43 100755
>> --- a/scripts/leaking_addresses.pl
>> +++ b/scripts/leaking_addresses.pl
>> @@ -10,6 +10,14 @@
>> # Use --debug to output path before parsing, this is useful to find files that
>> # cause the script to choke.
>>
>> +#
>> +# When the system is idle it is likely that most files under /proc/PID will be
>> +# identical for various processes. Scanning _all_ the PIDs under /proc is
>> +# unnecessary and implies that we are thoroughly scanning /proc. This is _not_
>> +# the case because there may be ways userspace can trigger creation of /proc
>> +# files that leak addresses but were not present during a scan. For these two
>> +# reasons we exclude all PID directories under /proc except '1/'
>> +
>> use warnings;
>> use strict;
>> use POSIX;
>> @@ -472,6 +480,9 @@ sub walk
>> my $path = "$pwd/$file";
>> next if (-l $path);
>>
>> + # skip /proc/PID except /proc/1
>> + next if ($path =~ /\/proc\/(?:[2-9][0-9]*|1[0-9]+)/);
>
> Perhaps the intent of this is clearer?
>
> next if (($path =~ /^\/proc\/[0-9]+$/) &&
> ($path !~ /^\/proc\/1$/));
>
>
> thanks,
> Tobin.

Hi Tobin,

The intent is crystal clear now. Thanks.

Here's something that generates the same output as the code above:
next if ($path !~ "^/proc/(1|[^0-9]+)\$");

I'm not insisting this be given any preference whatsoever.

Thanks.

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