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SubjectRe: [FYI PATCH 0/7] Mitigation for CVE-2018-12207
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On 11/13/19 5:17 PM, Nadav Amit wrote:
> But is it always the case? Looking at __split_large_page(), it seems that the
> TLB invalidation is only done after the PMD is changed. Can't this leave a
> small time window in which a malicious actor triggers a machine-check on
> another core than the one that runs __split_large_page()?

It's not just a split. It has to be a change that results in
inconsistencies between two entries in the TLB. A normal split doesn't
change the resulting final translations and is never inconsistent
between the two translations.

To have an inconsistency, you need to change the backing physical
address (or cache attributes?). I'd need to go double-check the erratum
to be sure about the cache attributes.

In any case, that's why we decided that normal kernel mapping
split/merges don't need to be mitigated. But, we should probably
document this somewhere if it's not clear.

Pawan, did we document the results of the audit you did anywhere?

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