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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86/pti: Fix !PCID and sanitize defines

* Laura Abbott <> wrote:

> On 01/13/2018 03:23 PM, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> > The switch to the user space page tables in the low level ASM code sets
> > unconditionally bit 12 and bit 11 of CR3. Bit 12 is switching the base
> > address of the page directory to the user part, bit 11 is switching the
> > PCID to the PCID associated with the user page tables.
> >
> > This fails on a machine which lacks PCID support because bit 11 is set in
> > CR3. Bit 11 is reserved when PCID is inactive.
> >
> > While the Intel SDM claims that the reserved bits are ignored when PCID is
> > disabled, the AMD APM states that they should be cleared.
> >
> > This went unnoticed as the AMD APM was not checked when the code was
> > developed and reviewed and test systems with Intel CPUs never failed to
> > boot. The report is against a Centos 6 host where the guest fails to boot,
> > so it's not yet clear whether this is a virt issue or can happen on real
> > hardware too, but thats irrelevant as the AMD APM clearly ask for clearing
> > the reserved bits.
> >
> > Make sure that on non PCID machines bit 11 is not set by the page table
> > switching code.
> >
> > Andy suggested to rename the related bits and masks so they are clearly
> > describing what they should be used for, which is done as well for clarity.
> >
> > That split could have been done with alternatives but the macro hell is
> > horrible and ugly. This can be done on top if someone cares to remove the
> > extra orq. For now it's a straight forward fix.
> >
> Original reporter confirmed it fixes the problem. Thanks for the
> prompt response.

Thanks for the confirmation. Now the fix is upstream and Greg queued it up as well
earlier today, so this fix is part of the next -stable iteration as well.



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