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SubjectRe: [PATCH v13 08/12] KVM: x86: Add Intel PT context switch for each vcpu
Paolo Bonzini <> writes:

> On 30/10/2018 12:26, Alexander Shishkin wrote:
>> There is a control in the perf event attribute that enables tracing the
>> guest. If this control is enabled, the kvm needs to stay away from any
>> PT related MSRs.
> This cannot happen once the guest has been told it can trace itself.

So, they need to be made mutually exclusive.

> There is no standard way to tell the guest that the host overrode its
> choice to use PT. However, the host will get a PGD/PGE packet around
> vmentry and vmexit, so there _will_ be an indication that the guest
> owned the MSRs for that period of time.

Not if they are not tracing the kernel.

> If PT context switching is enabled with the module parameter, we could
> also reject creation of events with the attribute set. However that
> won't help if the event is created before KVM is even loaded.

In that case, modprobe kvm should fail.


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