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SubjectRe: [PATCH] KVM: nSVM: vmentry ignores EFER.LMA and possibly RFLAGS.VM
On Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 11:31 AM Paolo Bonzini <> wrote:
> On 09/07/20 20:28, Jim Mattson wrote:
> >> That said, the VMCB here is guest memory and it can change under our
> >> feet between nested_vmcb_checks and nested_prepare_vmcb_save. Copying
> >> the whole save area is overkill, but we probably should copy at least
> >> EFER/CR0/CR3/CR4 in a struct at the beginning of nested_svm_vmrun; this
> >> way there'd be no TOC/TOU issues between nested_vmcb_checks and
> >> nested_svm_vmrun. This would also make it easier to reuse the checks in
> >> svm_set_nested_state. Maybe Maxim can look at it while I'm on vacation,
> >> as he's eager to do more nSVM stuff. :D
> >
> > I fear that nested SVM is rife with TOCTTOU issues.
> I am pretty sure about that, actually. :)
> Another possibility to stomp them in a more efficient manner could be to
> rely on the dirty flags, and use them to set up an in-memory copy of the

That sounds like a great idea! Is Maxim going to look into that?

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