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SubjectRe: [PATCH] KVM: x86/mmu: Avoid retpoline on ->page_fault() with TDP
Sean Christopherson <> writes:

> Wrap calls to ->page_fault() with a small shim to directly invoke the
> TDP fault handler when the kernel is using retpolines and TDP is being
> used. Denote the TDP fault handler by nullifying mmu->page_fault, and
> annotate the TDP path as likely to coerce the compiler into preferring
> the TDP path.
> Rename tdp_page_fault() to kvm_tdp_page_fault() as it's exposed outside
> of mmu.c to allow inlining the shim.
> Signed-off-by: Sean Christopherson <>
> ---

Out of pure curiosity, if we do something like

if (vcpu->arch.mmu->page_fault == tdp_page_fault)
else if (vcpu->arch.mmu->page_fault == nonpaging_page_fault)

we also defeat the retpoline, right? Should we use this technique
... everywhere? :-)


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