tracing: Have branch tracer use recursive field of task struct

Fengguang Wu's tests triggered a bug in the branch tracer's start up
test when CONFIG_DEBUG_PREEMPT set. This was because that config
adds some debug logic in the per cpu field, which calls back into
the branch tracer.

The branch tracer has its own recursive checks, but uses a per cpu
variable to implement it. If retrieving the per cpu variable calls
back into the branch tracer, you can see how things will break.

Instead of using a per cpu variable, use the trace_recursion field
of the current task struct. Simply set a bit when entering the
branch tracing and clear it when leaving. If the bit is set on
entry, just don't do the tracing.

There's also the case with lockdep, as the local_irq_save() called
before the recursion can also trigger code that can call back into
the function. Changing that to a raw_local_irq_save() will protect
that as well.

This prevents the recursion and the inevitable crash that follows.


Cc: # 3.10+
Reported-by: Fengguang Wu <>
Tested-by: Fengguang Wu <>
Signed-off-by: Steven Rostedt <>
diff --git a/kernel/trace/trace.h b/kernel/trace/trace.h
index f060716..74bde81 100644
--- a/kernel/trace/trace.h
+++ b/kernel/trace/trace.h
@@ -444,6 +444,7 @@
  * Abuse of the trace_recursion.
  * As we need a way to maintain state if we are tracing the function
diff --git a/kernel/trace/trace_branch.c b/kernel/trace/trace_branch.c
index a87b43f..e2e12ad 100644
--- a/kernel/trace/trace_branch.c
+++ b/kernel/trace/trace_branch.c
@@ -36,9 +36,12 @@
 	struct trace_branch *entry;
 	struct ring_buffer *buffer;
 	unsigned long flags;
-	int cpu, pc;
+	int pc;
 	const char *p;
+	if (current->trace_recursion & TRACE_BRANCH_BIT)
+		return;
 	 * I would love to save just the ftrace_likely_data pointer, but
 	 * this code can also be used by modules. Ugly things can happen
@@ -49,10 +52,10 @@
 	if (unlikely(!tr))
-	local_irq_save(flags);
-	cpu = raw_smp_processor_id();
-	data = per_cpu_ptr(tr->, cpu);
-	if (atomic_inc_return(&data->disabled) != 1)
+	raw_local_irq_save(flags);
+	current->trace_recursion |= TRACE_BRANCH_BIT;
+	data = this_cpu_ptr(tr->;
+	if (atomic_read(&data->disabled))
 		goto out;
 	pc = preempt_count();
@@ -81,8 +84,8 @@
 		__buffer_unlock_commit(buffer, event);
-	atomic_dec(&data->disabled);
-	local_irq_restore(flags);
+	current->trace_recursion &= ~TRACE_BRANCH_BIT;
+	raw_local_irq_restore(flags);
 static inline