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Subject[PATCH 3.16 08/83] x86/speculation/mds: Apply more accurate check on hypervisor platform
3.16.78-rc1 review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Zhenzhong Duan <>

commit 517c3ba00916383af6411aec99442c307c23f684 upstream.

X86_HYPER_NATIVE isn't accurate for checking if running on native platform,
e.g. CONFIG_HYPERVISOR_GUEST isn't set or "nopv" is enabled.

Checking the CPU feature bit X86_FEATURE_HYPERVISOR to determine if it's
running on native platform is more accurate.

This still doesn't cover the platforms on which X86_FEATURE_HYPERVISOR is
unsupported, e.g. VMware, but there is nothing which can be done about this

Fixes: 8a4b06d391b0 ("x86/speculation/mds: Add sysfs reporting for MDS")
Signed-off-by: Zhenzhong Duan <>
Signed-off-by: Thomas Gleixner <>
[bwh: Backported to 3.16: The old hypervisor check looked a bit different
Signed-off-by: Ben Hutchings <>
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/bugs.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/bugs.c
@@ -1349,12 +1349,10 @@ static ssize_t itlb_multihit_show_state(

static ssize_t mds_show_state(char *buf)
- if (x86_hyper) {
+ if (boot_cpu_has(X86_FEATURE_HYPERVISOR)) {
return sprintf(buf, "%s; SMT Host state unknown\n",

if (boot_cpu_has(X86_BUG_MSBDS_ONLY)) {
return sprintf(buf, "%s; SMT %s\n", mds_strings[mds_mitigation],
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