[Buildroot] [PATCH v3 1/2] support/scripts/pkg-stats: add support for CVE reporting

Titouan Christophe titouan.christophe at railnova.eu
Thu Feb 20 10:26:38 UTC 2020

Hello Thomas^2 and all,
On 2/19/20 9:33 PM, Thomas De Schampheleire wrote:
> El mié., 19 feb. 2020 a las 19:49, Thomas Petazzoni
> (<thomas.petazzoni at bootlin.com>) escribió:
>> Hello Titouan,
>> On Sat, 15 Feb 2020 13:44:16 +0100
>> Titouan Christophe <titouan.christophe at railnova.eu> wrote:
>>> This commit extends the pkg-stats script to grab information about the
>>> CVEs affecting the Buildroot packages.
>> Here the script consumes too much memory. On my 4 GB RAM server, the
>> script gets killed by the OOM killer. It goes like this:


>> So Python needs more than 4.2 GB of virtual memory, and 3.6 GB of
>> resident memory. To me, it feels like there is something wrong going on
>> with the NVD files.

I tried to evaluate how much memory the NVD JSON files actually use when 
loaded as Python objects. To do that, I used the function given here:

I used the file for the year 2018 as example. This file weights 10MB in 
compressed form, and 254MB when uncompressed. I then call the function 
get_size on json.load(gzip.GzipFile("nvdcve-1.0-2018.json.gz"))

In Python 2.7, the total size used is as high as 1531882276 Bytes  (or 
~1.5GB) ! The same test in Python 3.6 gives me 718038090 Bytes (~718MB).

> I did a full run to verify these findings, observing the free memory with 'top'.
> Even though this is not a fully scientific method, the 'used' memory
> before was ~4800 MB and while the CVE parsing was ongoing I saw peaks
> up to ~7900 MB. So yes, it seems there is a large memory footprint.
> As my machine has enough RAM, the analysis does complete and results
> seem correct.
> This seems to be caused mostly by the fact that we load the entire
> json file in memory.
> As a test, I just loaded the file from an interactive python session.

I guess we should then process the CVE files in streaming. This is quite 
easy to do in the CVE.read_nvd_dir() method. I'll give it a try today.

[-- SNIP --]

> Doing some quick google search, I stumbled upon the 'pandas' python
> package, which has a read_json function too. During a quick test, it
> seemed to be more memory efficient, and the total memory size on
> subsequent reads stayed in the 2.x GB range.

You probably don't want to use pandas here, which is a large library 
(10MB) to process data on top of numpy (pydata ecosystem). I use it a 
lot for data analysis on other projects, but it is definitely overkill 
to simply read a json file :)

> content = pandas.read_json('/tmp/nvd/nvdcve-1.0-2019.json.gz')
> content = pandas.read_json('/tmp/nvd/nvdcve-1.0-2018.json.gz')
> In the full test of pkg-stats, I still saw a peak memory usage near
> the end, but it 'seemed' better :-)
> Thomas, could you try this on your 4GB server?
> diff --git a/support/scripts/pkg-stats b/support/scripts/pkg-stats
> index c113cf9606..8b4035dfd4 100755
> --- a/support/scripts/pkg-stats
> +++ b/support/scripts/pkg-stats
> @@ -29,6 +29,7 @@ import certifi
>   import distutils.version
>   import time
>   import gzip
> +import pandas
>   from urllib3 import HTTPSConnectionPool
>   from urllib3.exceptions import HTTPError
>   from multiprocessing import Pool
> @@ -231,7 +232,7 @@ class CVE:
>           for year in range(NVD_START_YEAR, datetime.datetime.now().year + 1):
>               filename = CVE.download_nvd_year(nvd_dir, year)
>               try:
> -                content = json.load(gzip.GzipFile(filename))
> +                content = pandas.read_json(gzip.GzipFile(filename))
>               except:
>                   print("ERROR: cannot read %s. Please remove the file
> then rerun this script" % filename)
>                   raise
> pandas can be installed with pip.
> Best regards,
> Thomas

Kind regards,


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