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[1/4] selftests/vm/pkeys: Fix alloc_random_pkey() to make it really, really random

Message ID 20210611164155.192D00FF@viggo.jf.intel.com (mailing list archive)
State New, archived
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Series selftests/vm/pkeys: Bug fixes and a new test | expand

Commit Message

Dave Hansen June 11, 2021, 4:41 p.m. UTC
From: Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@linux.intel.com>

The "random" pkey allocation code currently does the good old:

	srand((unsigned int)time(NULL));

*But*, it unfortunately does this on every random pkey allocation.

There may be thousands of these a second.  time() has a one second
resolution.  So, each time alloc_random_pkey() is called, the PRNG is
*RESET* to time().  This is nasty.  Normally, if you do:

	foo = rand();
	bar = rand();

You'll be quite guaranteed that 'foo' and 'bar' are different.
But, if you do:

	foo = rand();
	bar = rand();

You are quite guaranteed that 'foo' and 'bar' are the *SAME*.
The recent "fix" effectively forced the test case to use the
same "random" pkey for the whole test, unless the test run
crossed a second boundary.

Only run srand() once at program startup.

This explains some very odd and persistent test failures I've been

Fixes: 6e373263ce07 ("selftests/vm/pkeys: fix alloc_random_pkey() to make it really random")
Signed-off-by: Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@linux.intel.com>
Signed-off-by: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>
Cc: Ram Pai <linuxram@us.ibm.com>
Cc: Sandipan Das <sandipan@linux.ibm.com>
Cc: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Cc: Florian Weimer <fweimer@redhat.com>
Cc: "Desnes A. Nunes do Rosario" <desnesn@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org>
Cc: Thiago Jung Bauermann <bauerman@linux.ibm.com>
Cc: "Aneesh Kumar K.V" <aneesh.kumar@linux.ibm.com>
Cc: Michael Ellerman <mpe@ellerman.id.au>
Cc: Michal Hocko <mhocko@kernel.org>
Cc: Michal Suchanek <msuchanek@suse.de>
Cc: Shuah Khan <shuah@kernel.org>
Cc: x86@kernel.org

 b/tools/testing/selftests/vm/protection_keys.c |    3 ++-
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
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diff -puN tools/testing/selftests/vm/protection_keys.c~selftests_vm_pkeys_Fix_alloc_random_pkey_to_make_it_really_really_random-1 tools/testing/selftests/vm/protection_keys.c
--- a/tools/testing/selftests/vm/protection_keys.c~selftests_vm_pkeys_Fix_alloc_random_pkey_to_make_it_really_really_random-1	2021-06-11 09:41:31.385468066 -0700
+++ b/tools/testing/selftests/vm/protection_keys.c	2021-06-11 09:41:31.389468066 -0700
@@ -561,7 +561,6 @@  int alloc_random_pkey(void)
 	int nr_alloced = 0;
 	int random_index;
 	memset(alloced_pkeys, 0, sizeof(alloced_pkeys));
-	srand((unsigned int)time(NULL));
 	/* allocate every possible key and make a note of which ones we got */
 	max_nr_pkey_allocs = NR_PKEYS;
@@ -1552,6 +1551,8 @@  int main(void)
 	int nr_iterations = 22;
 	int pkeys_supported = is_pkeys_supported();
+	srand((unsigned int)time(NULL));
 	printf("has pkeys: %d\n", pkeys_supported);