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ARM: 7809/1: perf: fix event validation for software group leaders

It is possible to construct an event group with a software event as a
group leader and then subsequently add a hardware event to the group.
This results in the event group being validated by adding all members
of the group to a fake PMU and attempting to allocate each event on
their respective PMU.

Unfortunately, for software events wthout a corresponding arm_pmu, this
results in a kernel crash attempting to dereference the ->get_event_idx
function pointer.

This patch fixes the problem by checking explicitly for software events
and ignoring those in event validation (since they can always be
scheduled). We will probably want to revisit this for 3.12, since the
validation checks don't appear to work correctly when dealing with
multiple hardware PMUs anyway.

Cc: <stable@vger.kernel.org>
Reported-by: Vince Weaver <vincent.weaver@maine.edu>
Tested-by: Vince Weaver <vincent.weaver@maine.edu>
Tested-by: Mark Rutland <mark.rutland@arm.com>
Signed-off-by: Will Deacon <will.deacon@arm.com>
Signed-off-by: Russell King <rmk+kernel@arm.linux.org.uk>
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1 parent 2ba85e7 commit c95eb3184ea1a3a2551df57190c81da695e2144b @wildea01 wildea01 committed with Russell King Aug 7, 2013
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  1. +3 −0 arch/arm/kernel/perf_event.c
@@ -253,6 +253,9 @@ validate_event(struct pmu_hw_events *hw_events,
struct arm_pmu *armpmu = to_arm_pmu(event->pmu);
struct pmu *leader_pmu = event->group_leader->pmu;
+ if (is_software_event(event))
+ return 1;
+
if (event->pmu != leader_pmu || event->state < PERF_EVENT_STATE_OFF)
return 1;

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