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Subject[PATCH 5.4 078/123] KVM: nVMX: avoid NULL pointer dereference with incorrect EVMCS GPAs
From: Vitaly Kuznetsov <>

commit 95fa10103dabc38be5de8efdfced5e67576ed896 upstream.

When an EVMCS enabled L1 guest on KVM will tries doing enlightened VMEnter
with EVMCS GPA = 0 the host crashes because the

evmcs_gpa != vmx->nested.hv_evmcs_vmptr

condition in nested_vmx_handle_enlightened_vmptrld() will evaluate to
false (as nested.hv_evmcs_vmptr is zeroed after init). The crash will
happen on vmx->nested.hv_evmcs pointer dereference.

Another problematic EVMCS ptr value is '-1' but it only causes host crash
after nested_release_evmcs() invocation. The problem is exactly the same as
with '0', we mistakenly think that the EVMCS pointer hasn't changed and
thus nested.hv_evmcs_vmptr is valid.

Resolve the issue by adding an additional !vmx->nested.hv_evmcs
check to nested_vmx_handle_enlightened_vmptrld(), this way we will
always be trying kvm_vcpu_map() when nested.hv_evmcs is NULL
and this is supposed to catch all invalid EVMCS GPAs.

Also, initialize hv_evmcs_vmptr to '0' in nested_release_evmcs()
to be consistent with initialization where we don't currently
set hv_evmcs_vmptr to '-1'.

Signed-off-by: Vitaly Kuznetsov <>
Signed-off-by: Paolo Bonzini <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

arch/x86/kvm/vmx/nested.c | 5 +++--
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

--- a/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/nested.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/nested.c
@@ -223,7 +223,7 @@ static inline void nested_release_evmcs(

kvm_vcpu_unmap(vcpu, &vmx->nested.hv_evmcs_map, true);
- vmx->nested.hv_evmcs_vmptr = -1ull;
+ vmx->nested.hv_evmcs_vmptr = 0;
vmx->nested.hv_evmcs = NULL;

@@ -1828,7 +1828,8 @@ static int nested_vmx_handle_enlightened
if (!nested_enlightened_vmentry(vcpu, &evmcs_gpa))
return 1;

- if (unlikely(evmcs_gpa != vmx->nested.hv_evmcs_vmptr)) {
+ if (unlikely(!vmx->nested.hv_evmcs ||
+ evmcs_gpa != vmx->nested.hv_evmcs_vmptr)) {
if (!vmx->nested.hv_evmcs)
vmx->nested.current_vmptr = -1ull;

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