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Subject[RFC PATCH] kvm: x86/vmx: Use kzalloc for cached_vmcs12
This changes the allocation of cached_vmcs12 to use kzalloc instead of
kmalloc. This removes the information leak found by Syzkaller (see
Reported-by) in this case and prevents similar leaks from happening
based on cached_vmcs12.

The email from Syszkaller led to a discussion about a patch in early
November on the KVM list (I've made this a reply to that thread), but
the current upstream kernel still has kmalloc instead of kzalloc for
cached_vmcs12 and cached_shadow_vmcs12. This RFC proposes changing to
kzalloc for defense in depth.

Tested: rebuilt but not tested, since this is an RFC

Signed-off-by: Tom Roeder <>
arch/x86/kvm/vmx/nested.c | 4 ++--
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/nested.c b/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/nested.c
index 2616bd2c7f2c7..ad46667042c7a 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/nested.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/nested.c
@@ -4140,11 +4140,11 @@ static int enter_vmx_operation(struct kvm_vcpu *vcpu)
if (r < 0)
goto out_vmcs02;

- vmx->nested.cached_vmcs12 = kmalloc(VMCS12_SIZE, GFP_KERNEL);
+ vmx->nested.cached_vmcs12 = kzalloc(VMCS12_SIZE, GFP_KERNEL);
if (!vmx->nested.cached_vmcs12)
goto out_cached_vmcs12;

- vmx->nested.cached_shadow_vmcs12 = kmalloc(VMCS12_SIZE, GFP_KERNEL);
+ vmx->nested.cached_shadow_vmcs12 = kzalloc(VMCS12_SIZE, GFP_KERNEL);
if (!vmx->nested.cached_shadow_vmcs12)
goto out_cached_shadow_vmcs12;

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