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Subject[PATCH v9 16/17] x86/elf: Enumerate kernel FSGSBASE capability in AT_HWCAP2
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From: Andi Kleen <ak@linux.intel.com>

The kernel needs to explicitly enable FSGSBASE. So, the application needs
to know if it can safely use these instructions. Just looking at the CPUID
bit is not enough because it may be running in a kernel that does not
enable the instructions.

One way for the application would be to just try and catch the SIGILL.
But that is difficult to do in libraries which may not want to overwrite
the signal handlers of the main application.

Enumerate the enabled FSGSBASE capability in bit 1 of AT_HWCAP2 in the ELF
aux vector. AT_HWCAP2 is already used by PPC for similar purposes.

The application can access it open coded or by using the getauxval()
function in newer versions of glibc.

Signed-off-by: Andi Kleen <ak@linux.intel.com>
Signed-off-by: Chang S. Bae <chang.seok.bae@intel.com>
Reviewed-by: Tony Luck <tony.luck@intel.com>
Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>
Cc: Borislav Petkov <bp@alien8.de>
Cc: Andy Lutomirski <luto@kernel.org>
Cc: H. Peter Anvin <hpa@zytor.com>
Cc: Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@intel.com>
Cc: Tony Luck <tony.luck@intel.com>
Cc: Andi Kleen <ak@linux.intel.com>
---

Changes from v8: none

Changes from v7:
* No code change
* Massaged changelog by Thomas
---
arch/x86/include/uapi/asm/hwcap2.h | 3 +++
arch/x86/kernel/cpu/common.c | 4 +++-
2 files changed, 6 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/include/uapi/asm/hwcap2.h b/arch/x86/include/uapi/asm/hwcap2.h
index 8b2effe..5fdfcb4 100644
--- a/arch/x86/include/uapi/asm/hwcap2.h
+++ b/arch/x86/include/uapi/asm/hwcap2.h
@@ -5,4 +5,7 @@
/* MONITOR/MWAIT enabled in Ring 3 */
#define HWCAP2_RING3MWAIT (1 << 0)

+/* Kernel allows FSGSBASE instructions available in Ring 3 */
+#define HWCAP2_FSGSBASE BIT(1)
+
#endif
diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/common.c b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/common.c
index 9b59377bb..90d7e95 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/common.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/common.c
@@ -1472,8 +1472,10 @@ static void identify_cpu(struct cpuinfo_x86 *c)
setup_umip(c);

/* Enable FSGSBASE instructions if available. */
- if (cpu_has(c, X86_FEATURE_FSGSBASE))
+ if (cpu_has(c, X86_FEATURE_FSGSBASE)) {
cr4_set_bits(X86_CR4_FSGSBASE);
+ elf_hwcap2 |= HWCAP2_FSGSBASE;
+ }

/*
* The vendor-specific functions might have changed features.
--
2.7.4
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