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SubjectRe: [PATCH v6 00/10] Retpoline: Avoid speculative indirect calls in kernel
On Mon, 8 Jan 2018, Paul Turner wrote:

> user->kernel in the absence of SMEP:
> In the absence of SMEP, we must worry about user-generated RSB entries
> being consumable by kernel execution.
> Generally speaking, for synchronous execution this will not occur (e.g.
> syscall, interrupt), however, one important case remains.
> When we context switch between two threads, we should flush the RSB so that
> execution generated from the unbalanced return path on the thread that we
> just scheduled into, cannot consume RSB entries potentially installed by
> the prior thread.

I am still unclear whether this closes it completely, as when HT is on,
the RSB is shared between the threads, right? Therefore one thread can
poision it for the other without even context switch happening.

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Jiri Kosina
SUSE Labs

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