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SubjectRe: [PATCH v9 09/17] x86/split_lock: Handle #AC exception for split lock
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On 10/16/2019 11:37 PM, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> On 16/10/19 16:43, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
>>
>> N | #AC | #AC enabled | SMT | Ctrl | Guest | Action
>> R | available | on host | | exposed | #AC |
>> --|-----------|-------------|-----|---------|-------|---------------------
>> | | | | | |
>> 0 | N | x | x | N | x | None
>> | | | | | |
>> 1 | Y | N | x | N | x | None
>
> So far so good.
>
>> 2 | Y | Y | x | Y | Y | Forward to guest
>>
>> 3 | Y | Y | N | Y | N | A) Store in vCPU and
>> | | | | | | toggle on VMENTER/EXIT
>> | | | | | |
>> | | | | | | B) SIGBUS or KVM exit code
>
> (2) is problematic for the SMT=y case, because of what happens when #AC
> is disabled on the host---safe guests can start to be susceptible to
> DoS.
>
> For (3), which is the SMT=n case,, the behavior is the same independent of
> guest #AC.
>
> So I would change these two lines to:
>
> 2 | Y | Y | Y | N | x | On first guest #AC,
> | | | | | | disable globally on host.
> | | | | | |
> 3 | Y | Y | N | Y | x | Switch MSR_TEST_CTRL on
> | | | | | | enter/exit, plus:
> | | | | | | A) #AC forwarded to guest.
> | | | | | | B) SIGBUS or KVM exit code
>

I just want to get confirmed that in (3), we should split into 2 case:

a) if host has it enabled, still apply the constraint that guest is
forcibly enabled? so we don't switch MSR_TEST_CTL.

b) if host has it disabled, we can switch MSR_TEST_CTL on enter/exit.

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