Closed Bug 1600594 Opened 2 years ago Closed 1 year ago

ThreadSanitizer: data race [@ operator bool] vs. [@ assign_assuming_AddRef] on mCurrentPerformanceCounter RefPtr

Categories

(Core :: XPCOM, defect)

x86_64
Linux
defect
Not set
critical

Tracking

()

RESOLVED FIXED
84 Branch
Tracking Status
firefox72 --- wontfix
firefox84 --- fixed

People

(Reporter: decoder, Assigned: Gankra)

References

(Blocks 1 open bug)

Details

Attachments

(2 files)

The attached crash information was detected while running CI tests with ThreadSanitizer on mozilla-central revision 66531295716a.

It looks like one thread is setting mCurrentPerformanceCounter = nullptr; while the other thread is reading it. I'm not sure if this can crash since mCurrentPerformanceCounter isn't dereferenced afterwards but I guess it is worth looking into it.

General information about TSan reports

Why fix races?

Data races are undefined behavior and can cause crashes as well as correctness issues. Compiler optimizations can cause racy code to have unpredictable and hard-to-reproduce behavior.

Rating

If you think this race can cause crashes or correctness issues, it would be great to rate the bug appropriately as P1/P2 and/or indicating this in the bug. This makes it a lot easier for us to assess the actual impact that these reports make and if they are helpful to you.

False Positives / Benign Races

Typically, races reported by TSan are not false positives [1], but it is possible that the race is benign. Even in this case it would be nice to come up with a fix if it is easily doable and does not regress performance. Every race that we cannot fix will have to remain on the suppression list and slows down the overall TSan performance. Also note that seemingly benign races can possibly be harmful (also depending on the compiler, optimizations and the architecture) [2][3].

[1] One major exception is the involvement of uninstrumented code from third-party libraries.
[2] http://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2013/01/06/benign-data-races-what-could-possibly-go-wrong
[3] How to miscompile programs with "benign" data races: https://www.usenix.org/legacy/events/hotpar11/tech/final_files/Boehm.pdf

Suppressing unfixable races

If the bug cannot be fixed, then a runtime suppression needs to be added in mozglue/build/TsanOptions.cpp. The suppressions match on the full stack, so it should be picked such that it is unique to this particular race. The bug number of this bug should also be included so we have some documentation on why this suppression was added.

Assignee: nobody → a.beingessner
Status: NEW → ASSIGNED
Pushed by abeingessner@mozilla.com:
https://hg.mozilla.org/integration/autoland/rev/0687a7e0e000
Remove supression for seemingly fixed issue. r=decoder
Status: ASSIGNED → RESOLVED
Closed: 1 year ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Target Milestone: --- → 84 Branch
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