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SubjectRe: [FYI PATCH 0/7] Mitigation for CVE-2018-12207
On 12.11.19 22:21, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> CVE-2018-12207 is a microarchitectural implementation issue
> that could allow an unprivileged local attacker to cause system wide
> denial-of-service condition.
> Privileged software may change the page size (ex. 4KB, 2MB, 1GB) in the
> paging structures, without following such paging structure changes with
> invalidation of the TLB entries corresponding to the changed pages. In
> this case, the attacker could invoke instruction fetch, which will result
> in the processor hitting multiple TLB entries, reporting a machine check
> error exception, and ultimately hanging the system.
> The attached patches mitigate the vulnerability by making huge pages
> non-executable. The processor will not be able to execute an instruction
> residing in a large page (ie. 2MB, 1GB, etc.) without causing a trap into
> the host kernel/hypervisor; KVM will then break the large page into 4KB
> pages and gives executable permission to 4KB pages.

When reading MCE, error code 0150h, ie. SRAR, I was wondering if that
couldn't simply be handled by the host. But I suppose the symptom of
that erratum is not "just" regular recoverable MCE, rather
sometimes/always an unrecoverable CPU state, despite the error code, right?


Siemens AG, Corporate Technology, CT RDA IOT SES-DE
Corporate Competence Center Embedded Linux

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