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SubjectRe: [PATCH Part2 v5 44/45] KVM: SVM: Support SEV-SNP AP Creation NAE event
On Wed, Oct 20, 2021, Brijesh Singh wrote:
> On 10/15/21 2:50 PM, Sean Christopherson wrote:
> > And digging through the guest patches, this gives the guest _full_ control over
> > the VMSA contents. That is bonkers. At _best_ it gives the guest the ability to
> > fuzz VMRUN ucode by stuffing garbage into the VMSA.
> If guest puts garbage in VMSA then VMRUN will fail. I am sure ucode is
> doing all kind of sanity checks to ensure that VMSA does not contain
> invalid value before the run.

Oh, I'm well aware of the number of sanity checks that are in VM-Enter ucode, and
that's precisely why I'm of the opinion that letting the guest fuzz VMRUN is a
non-trivial security risk for the host. I know of at least at least two VMX bugs
(one erratum that I could find, one that must have been fixed with a ucode patch?)
where ucode failed to detect invalid state. Those were "benign" in that they
caused a missed VM-Fail but didn't corrupt CPU state, but it's not a stretch to
imagine a ucode bug that leads to corruption of CPU state and a system crash.

The sheer number of checks involved, combined with the fact that there likely
hasn't been much fuzzing of VM-Enter outside of the hardware vendor's own
validation, means I'm not exactly brimming with confidence that VMRUN's ucode
is perfect.

I fully acknowledge that the host kernel obviously "trusts" CPU ucode to a great
extent. My point here is that the design exposes the host to unnecessary risk.

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