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runtime: SIGPROF mishandled on C thread #15994

ianlancetaylor opened this issue Jun 7, 2016 · 2 comments


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commented Jun 7, 2016

In a cgo-using program a SIGPROF signal that arrives on a thread started by C code will call the following sequence of functions in the runtime package:

sigfwdgo (which will normally return false)

raisebadsignal will observe that it got a SIGPROF signal and return, and the whole call stack will unwind having done nothing.

However, the call to cgocallback hides a set of internal calls, that include waiting for a new thread to be available to run the Go function badsignalgo. Waiting for a new thread can in some cases mean starting a new thread. Starting a new thread in a cgo-using program means calling _cgo_thread_start, which calls malloc.

In other words, we've called malloc in a signal handler. That is not a good idea in general. In practice, if the SIGPROF occurred while executing within malloc, as is not unlikely, the best result we can hope for is a program deadlock.

We need to, at the very least, check for SIGPROF before calling cgocallback. No other non-forwarded signal is particularly likely to occur during malloc, so that may be sufficient for 1.7.

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commented Jun 7, 2016

More generally, of course, we should not simply ignore these SIGPROF signals that occur in C++ code running on C++ threads. If the program has called runtime.SetCgoTraceback we should record the profiling info like any other.


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commented Jun 8, 2016

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