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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] x86/paravirt: Drop {read,write}_cr8() hooks
On 16/07/2019 01:05, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 15, 2019 at 4:30 PM Andrew Cooper <> wrote:
>> On 15/07/2019 19:17, Nadav Amit wrote:
>>>> On Jul 15, 2019, at 8:16 AM, Andrew Cooper <> wrote:
>>>> There is a lot of infrastructure for functionality which is used
>>>> exclusively in __{save,restore}_processor_state() on the suspend/resume
>>>> path.
>>>> cr8 is an alias of APIC_TASKPRI, and APIC_TASKPRI is saved/restored by
>>>> lapic_{suspend,resume}(). Saving and restoring cr8 independently of the
>>>> rest of the Local APIC state isn't a clever thing to be doing.
>>>> Delete the suspend/resume cr8 handling, which shrinks the size of struct
>>>> saved_context, and allows for the removal of both PVOPS.
>>> I think removing the interface for CR8 writes is also good to avoid
>>> potential correctness issues, as the SDM says ( "Interaction of Task
>>> Priorities between CR8 and APIC”):
>>> "Operating software should implement either direct APIC TPR updates or CR8
>>> style TPR updates but not mix them. Software can use a serializing
>>> instruction (for example, CPUID) to serialize updates between MOV CR8 and
>>> stores to the APIC.”
>>> And native_write_cr8() did not even issue a serializing instruction.
>> Given its location, the one write_cr8() is bounded by two serialising
>> operations, so is safe in practice.
>> However, I agree with the statement in the manual. I could submit a v3
>> with an updated commit message, or let it be fixed on commit. Whichever
>> is easiest.
> I don't see anything wrong with the message. If we actually used CR8
> for interrupt priorities, we wouldn't want it to serialize. The bug
> is that the code that did the write_cr8() should have had a comment as
> to how it serialized against lapic_restore(). But that doesn't seem
> worth mentioning in the message, since, as noted, the real problem was
> that it nonsensically restored just TPR without restoring everything
> else.

Fair enough, in which case I'm happy with v2 as it is.


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