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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 00/62] Linux as SEV-ES Guest Support
On Tue, Feb 11, 2020 at 02:51:54PM +0100, Joerg Roedel wrote:
> NMI Special Handling
> --------------------
>
> The last thing that needs special handling with SEV-ES are NMIs.
> Hypervisors usually start to intercept IRET instructions when an NMI got
> injected to find out when the NMI window is re-opened. But handling IRET
> intercepts requires the hypervisor to access guest register state and is
> not possible with SEV-ES. The specification under [1] solves this
> problem with an NMI_COMPLETE message sent my the guest to the
> hypervisor, upon which the hypervisor re-opens the NMI window for the
> guest.
>
> This patch-set sends the NMI_COMPLETE message before the actual IRET,
> while the kernel is still on a valid stack and kernel cr3. This opens
> the NMI-window a few instructions early, but this is fine as under
> x86-64 Linux NMI-nesting is safe. The alternative would be to
> single-step over the IRET, but that requires more intrusive changes to
> the entry code because it does not handle entries from kernel-mode while
> on the entry stack.
>
> Besides the special handling above the patch-set contains the handlers
> for the #VC exception and all the exit-codes specified in [1].

Oh gawd; so instead of improving the whole NMI situation, AMD went and
made it worse still ?!?

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