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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 00/16] PTI support for x86-32
Krzysztof Mazur <> wrote:

> On Tue, Jan 16, 2018 at 05:36:43PM +0100, Joerg Roedel wrote:
>> From: Joerg Roedel <>
>> Hi,
>> here is my current WIP code to enable PTI on x86-32. It is
>> still in a pretty early state, but it successfully boots my
>> KVM guest with PAE and with legacy paging. The existing PTI
>> code for x86-64 already prepares a lot of the stuff needed
>> for 32 bit too, thanks for that to all the people involved
>> in its development :)
> Hi,
> I've waited for this patches for a long time, until I've tried to
> exploit meltdown on some old 32-bit CPUs and failed. Pentium M
> seems to speculatively execute the second load with eax
> always equal to 0:
> movzx (%[addr]), %%eax
> shl $12, %%eax
> movzx (%[target], %%eax), %%eax
> And on Pentium 4-based Xeon the second load seems to be never executed,
> even without shift (shifts are slow on some or all Pentium 4's). Maybe
> not all P6 and Netbursts CPUs are affected, but I'm not sure. Maybe the
> kernel, at least on 32-bit, should try to exploit meltdown to test if
> the CPU is really affected.

The PoC apparently does not work with 3GB of memory or more on 32-bit. Does
you setup has more? Can you try the attack while setting max_addr=1G ?


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