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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/8] perf/x86/intel: Fix memory corruption
On Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 01:47:28PM -0700, Stephane Eranian wrote:

> Right now, if I do:
> echo 0 > /sys/bus/event_source/devices/cpu/allow_tsx_force_abort
> Then I don't have the guarantee on when there will be no abort when I
> return from the echo. the MSR is accessed only on PMU scheduling. I
> would expect a sysadmin to want some guarantee if this is to be
> switched on/off at runtime. If not, then having a boot time option is
> better in my opinion.

Something like cycling the nmi watchdog or:

perf stat -a -e cycles sleep 1

should be enough to force reschedule the events on every CPU.

Again, I'm not adverse to 'fixing' this if it can be done with limited
LoC. But I don't really see this as critical.

> This other bit I noticed is that cpuc->tfa_shadow is used to avoid the
> wrmsr(), but I don't see the code that makes sure the init value (0)
> matches the value of the MSR. Is this MSR guarantee to be zero on
> reset?

That was my understanding.

> How about on kexec()?

Good point, we might want to fix that.

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