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Benchmark

Because Suhosin adds additional security hardening checks all over the PHP code tree there have been questions about their speed impact.

Testsystem

  • CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • PHP 5.1.5
  • Suhosin-Patch 0.9.0 - BETA in default configuration
  • Suhosin-Extension 0.9.0 - BETA in default configuration

Benchmark: bench.php

The Zend engine comes with a little benchmark script called bench.php that was used to retrieve the following numbers. When looking at the numbers, keep in mind, that this kind of benchmark does not show the real speed impact on PHP web-applications.

Test Plain Plain + EXT Patched Patched + EXT
simple 0.385 0.387 0.392 0.380
simplecall 0.581 0.623 0.589 0.700
simpleucall 0.861 0.863 0.874 1.012
simpleudcall 1.007 0.995 1.035 1.230
mandel 1.228 1.175 1.223 1.109
mandel2 1.464 1.471 1.543 1.501
ackermann(7) 1.110 1.157 1.195 1.268
ary(50000) 0.097 0.097 0.104 0.103
ary2(50000) 0.087 0.087 0.107 0.106
ary3(2000) 0.715 0.728 1.037 0.788
fibo(30) 2.463 2.571 2.518 2.846
hash1(50000) 0.154 0.161 0.146 0.162
hash2(500) 0.132 0.130 0.127 0.129
heapsort(20000) 0.396 0.391 0.402 0.398
matrix(20) 0.323 0.322 0.329 0.332
nestedloop(12) 0.652 0.659 0.646 0.650
sieve(30) 0.489 0.495 0.539 0.531
strcat(200000) 0.096 0.080 0.077 0.075
Total 12.239 12.391 12.882 13.322

The resulttable means, that PHP with Suhosin-Patch and the Extension is 8.84% slower in the overall benchmark. However this test shows that the greates speed impact of the protection is in the tests that use alot of recursive function calls. In real world web applications it is unlikely that you have several million of function calls, therefore the speed impact will be lower than 8.84%.


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