Bug 819115 - Client library performance is bad (with default SELinux patch applied)
Client library performance is bad (with default SELinux patch applied)
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: krb5 (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Nalin Dahyabhai
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2012-05-04 17:56 EDT by Petr Spacek
Modified: 2013-02-13 14:26 EST (History)
4 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2013-02-13 14:26:51 EST
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TGT request loop code (3.05 KB, text/x-csrc)
2012-05-04 17:56 EDT, Petr Spacek
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Description Petr Spacek 2012-05-04 17:56:42 EDT
Created attachment 582215 [details]
TGT request loop code

Description of problem:
Client libraries from "krb5" SRPM have terrible performance in benchmarks, because of Fedora SELinux patch. It makes Fedora unusable for Kerberos performance testing.

Results from synthetic test - request 10000 TGT for single principal, from single thread:
- Fedora build with SELinux patch: 1 minute 27 seconds
- Manual build without SELinux patch: 3 seconds
Performance drop is approximately 30 times.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
Always with standard F16 krb5 build.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. download attached "gettgtloop.c" and modify principal name & keytab path to existing values
1. compile "gettgtloop.c" with "gcc -std=c99 -O2 -Wall gettgtloop.c -lkrb5 -lkrb5support"
2. time "gettgtloop" execution with /usr/bin/time
3. recompile client libraries from SRPM without "krb5-1.9-selinux-label.patch"
4. repeat whole test and compare timing results

Actual results (three executions, 10000 AS/TGT requests each):
==> 1 <==
71.19user 11.01system 1:27.13elapsed 94%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 11284maxresident)k
0inputs+0outputs (0major+3152503minor)pagefaults 0swaps

==> 2 <==
71.25user 11.26system 1:27.69elapsed 94%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 11288maxresident)k
0inputs+0outputs (0major+3151315minor)pagefaults 0swaps

==> 3 <==
70.98user 10.61system 1:26.54elapsed 94%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 11288maxresident)k
0inputs+0outputs (0major+2926782minor)pagefaults 0swaps

Expected results (after recompilation without krb5-1.9-selinux-label.patch):
==> 1 <==
0.98user 0.62system 0:03.24elapsed 49%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 8484maxresident)k
0inputs+0outputs (0major+2151minor)pagefaults 0swaps

==> 2 <==
0.98user 0.61system 0:03.20elapsed 49%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 8492maxresident)k
0inputs+0outputs (0major+2153minor)pagefaults 0swaps

==> 3 <==
0.97user 0.63system 0:03.26elapsed 49%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 8496maxresident)k
0inputs+0outputs (0major+2154minor)pagefaults 0swaps

Additional info:
- setenforce 0 doesn't have any impact
- nothing is logged to audit log (no AVCs seen during execution)
Comment 1 Nalin Dahyabhai 2012-05-07 17:35:07 EDT
Note that enforcing/permissive isn't expected to make a difference, as labels are expected to be correctly maintained in both states.  Enabled/disabled should make a difference, however.

Dan, is there any way can we get faster results from a selabel_open()/selabel_lookup()/selabel_close() call sequence in a way that doesn't leak resources if the library is being dlopen()ed/dlclose()d?  Is there a still-newer API that would work better?
Comment 2 Daniel Walsh 2012-05-08 10:37:38 EDT
Well if you use the prefix stuff you should get better performance.  We have added the ability to specify multiple prefixes.
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