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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 4/8] x86/spec_ctrl: Add sysctl knobs to enable/disable SPEC_CTRL feature
On Fri, Jan 05, 2018 at 07:12:12PM -0800, Dave Hansen wrote:
> On 01/05/2018 06:12 PM, Tim Chen wrote:
> > .macro ENABLE_IBRS
> > - ALTERNATIVE "jmp .Lskip_\@", "", X86_FEATURE_SPEC_CTRL
> > + testl $1, dynamic_ibrs
> > + jz .Lskip_\@
>
> There was an earlier suggestion to use STATIC_JUMP_IF_... here. That's

Yes, and thanks for Cc'ing me... :/

> a good suggestion, but we encountered some issues with it either
> crashing the kernel at boot or not properly turning on/off.
>
> We would love to do that minor really soon, but we figured everyone
> would rather see this version than wait for us to debug such a minor tweak.

Its not minor, you need that LFENCE without it. Which makes the whole
thing unconditionally expensive, which sucks.

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