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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 00/62] Linux as SEV-ES Guest Support
On Tue, Feb 11, 2020 at 07:48:12PM -0800, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> > On Feb 11, 2020, at 5:53 AM, Joerg Roedel <> wrote:
> >
> >
> > * Putting some NMI-load on the guest will make it crash usually
> > within a minute
> Suppose you do CPUID or some MMIO and get #VC. You fill in the GHCB to
> ask for help. Some time between when you start filling it out and when
> you do VMGEXIT, you get NMI. If the NMI does its own GHCB access [0],
> it will clobber the outer #VC’a state, resulting in a failure when
> VMGEXIT happens. There’s a related failure mode if the NMI is after
> the VMGEXIT but before the result is read.
> I suspect you can fix this by saving the GHCB at the beginning of
> do_nmi and restoring it at the end. This has the major caveat that it
> will not work if do_nmi comes from user mode and schedules, but I
> don’t believe this can happen.
> [0] Due to the NMI_COMPLETE catastrophe, there is a 100% chance that
> this happens.

Very true, thank you! You probably saved me a few hours of debugging
this further :)
I will implement better handling for nested #VC exceptions, which
hopefully solves the NMI crashes.

Thanks again,


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