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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] x86/split_lock: Disable SLD if an unaware (out-of-tree) module enables VMX
On Fri, Apr 03, 2020 at 09:30:07AM -0700, Sean Christopherson wrote:
> Hook into native CR4 writes to disable split-lock detection if CR4.VMXE
> is toggled on by an SDL-unaware entity, e.g. an out-of-tree hypervisor
> module. Most/all VMX-based hypervisors blindly reflect #AC exceptions
> into the guest, or don't intercept #AC in the first place. With SLD
> enabled, this results in unexpected #AC faults in the guest, leading to
> crashes in the guest and other undesirable behavior.
>
> Reported-by: "Kenneth R. Crudup" <kenny@panix.com>
> Cc: Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org>
> Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>
> Cc: Jessica Yu <jeyu@kernel.org>
> Cc: Rasmus Villemoes <rasmus.villemoes@prevas.dk>
> Cc: Kenneth R. Crudup <kenny@panix.com>
> Cc: Paolo Bonzini <pbonzini@redhat.com>
> Cc: Fenghua Yu <fenghua.yu@intel.com>
> Cc: Xiaoyao Li <xiaoyao.li@intel.com>
> Cc: Nadav Amit <namit@vmware.com>
> Cc: Thomas Hellstrom <thellstrom@vmware.com>
> Cc: Tony Luck <tony.luck@intel.com>
> Cc: Steven Rostedt <rostedt@goodmis.org>
> Cc: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>
> Cc: Jann Horn <jannh@google.com>
> Cc: Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org>
> Cc: David Laight <David.Laight@ACULAB.COM>
> Cc: Doug Covelli <dcovelli@vmware.com>
> Signed-off-by: Sean Christopherson <sean.j.christopherson@intel.com>
> ---
>
> A bit ugly, but on the plus side the code is largely contained to intel.c.
> I think forgoing the on_all_cpus() remote kill is safe?

How would it be safe? You can't control where the module text will be
ran, or how quickly.

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