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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] x86/boot: Add bit fields into xloadflags for 5-level kernel checking
On 09/03/18 at 09:13pm, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> On 09/03/18 20:44, Baoquan He wrote:
> >
> > 1) in arch/x86/kernel/relocate_kernel_64.S, we set X86_CR4_LA57 into cr4
> > if the 1st kernel is in 5-level mode. Then in
> > arch/x86/boot/compressed/head_64.S, paging_prepare() is called to decide
> > if 5-level mode will be enabled, and prepare the trampoline. If
> > kexec/kdump kernel is expected to be in 4-level, e.g with 'nolv5'
> > specified, it still can handle well. But for the old kernel w/o these
> > 5-level codes, it will ignore the fact that X86_CR4_LA57 has been set
> > in CR4 and proceed anyway, then #GP is triggered. That's why XLF_5LEVEL
> > is used to mark.
> >
>
> That's what I'm saying, don't do that. Always jump into the second kernel in
> 4-level mode, i.e. X86_CR4_LA57 unset. That's the only sane thing.

Well, this might not be suggested. Kexec has been a formal feature in
our distro, our customers usually use it to reboot high end servers
because those machines may take one hour to boot up from firmware. And
5-level may be also supported very soon, if people want to do a fast
reboot from the current kernel in 5-level, and expect to see it's in
5-level too in the 2nd kernel, this always kexec jumping to the 2nd
kernel in 4-level mode might be unaccepted.

Thanks
Baoquan

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