[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] avutil: fix data race in av_get_cpu_flags().

Michael Niedermayer michael at niedermayer.cc
Tue Nov 22 23:22:31 EET 2016

On Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 11:28:48AM -0800, Wan-Teh Chang wrote:
> Hi Michael,
> On Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 4:35 PM, Michael Niedermayer
> <michael at niedermayer.cc> wrote:
> > On Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 03:37:49PM -0800, Wan-Teh Chang wrote:
> >> Make the one-time initialization in av_get_cpu_flags() thread-safe.
> >> The fix assumes -1 is an invalid value for cpu flags.
> >
> > please explain the bug / race that occurs and how it is fixed
> Note: I will include the following explanation in the next version of my patch.
> The static variables |flags| and |checked| in libavutil/cpu.c are read
> and written using normal load and store instructions. These are
> considered as data races. The fix is to use atomic load and store
> instructions. The fix also eliminates the |checked| variable because
> the invalid value of -1 for |flags| can be used to indicate the same
> condition.
> Our application runs into the data races because two threads call
> avformat_find_stream_info() at the same time.
> avformat_find_stream_info() calls av_parser_init(), which may
> eventually call av_get_cpu_flag(), depending on the codec.
> I just wrote a minimal test case (libavutil/tests/cpu_init.c) that
> reproduces the data races. The test program creates two threads that
> call av_get_cpu_flags(). When built with --toolchain=clang-tsan, the
> test program triggers two ThreadSanitizer warnings:

ok, i see th race but do you really need the atomic operations ?
isnt merging the 2 variables into 1 as you do enough ?
(i mean the tools might still complain but would there be an actual
 race remaining?)

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