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SubjectRe: [patch 1/2] x86,module: Detect VMX modules and disable Split-Lock-Detect
On Fri, Apr 03, 2020 at 04:35:00PM +0200, Jessica Yu wrote:
> +++ Rasmus Villemoes [03/04/20 01:42 +0200]:
> > On 02/04/2020 14.32, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> > > From: Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org>
> > >
> > > 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?
> >
> > Rasmus
>
> 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)?

It would; didn't know there was one.

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