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SubjectRe: [patch 1/2] x86,module: Detect VMX modules and disable Split-Lock-Detect
+++ Rasmus Villemoes [03/04/20 01:42 +0200]:
>On 02/04/2020 14.32, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
>> From: Peter Zijlstra <>
>> It turns out that with Split-Lock-Detect enabled (default) any VMX
>> hypervisor needs at least a little modification in order to not blindly
>> inject the #AC into the guest without the guest being ready for it.
>> Since there is no telling which module implements a hypervisor, scan the
>> module text and look for the VMLAUNCH instruction. If found, the module is
>> assumed to be a hypervisor of some sort and SLD is disabled.
>How long does that scan take/add to module load time? Would it make
>sense to exempt in-tree modules?

I second Rasmus's question. It seems rather unfortunate that we have
to do this text scan for every module load on x86, when it doesn't
apply to the majority of them, and only to a handful of out-of-tree
hypervisor modules (assuming kvm is taken care of already).

I wonder if it would make sense then to limit the text scans to just
out-of-tree modules (i.e., missing the intree modinfo flag)?


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