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Subject[PATCH 5.15 089/128] KVM: VMX: Always clear vmx->fail on emulation_required
From: Sean Christopherson <>

commit a80dfc025924024d2c61a4c1b8ef62b2fce76a04 upstream.

Revert a relatively recent change that set vmx->fail if the vCPU is in L2
and emulation_required is true, as that behavior is completely bogus.
Setting vmx->fail and synthesizing a VM-Exit is contradictory and wrong:

(a) it's impossible to have both a VM-Fail and VM-Exit
(b) vmcs.EXIT_REASON is not modified on VM-Fail
(c) emulation_required refers to guest state and guest state checks are
always VM-Exits, not VM-Fails.

For KVM specifically, emulation_required is handled before nested exits
in __vmx_handle_exit(), thus setting vmx->fail has no immediate effect,
i.e. KVM calls into handle_invalid_guest_state() and vmx->fail is ignored.
Setting vmx->fail can ultimately result in a WARN in nested_vmx_vmexit()
firing when tearing down the VM as KVM never expects vmx->fail to be set
when L2 is active, KVM always reflects those errors into L1.

------------[ cut here ]------------
WARNING: CPU: 0 PID: 21158 at arch/x86/kvm/vmx/nested.c:4548
Modules linked in:
CPU: 0 PID: 21158 Comm: syz-executor.1 Not tainted 5.16.0-rc3-syzkaller #0
Hardware name: Google Google Compute Engine/Google Compute Engine, BIOS Google 01/01/2011
RIP: 0010:nested_vmx_vmexit+0x16bd/0x17e0 arch/x86/kvm/vmx/nested.c:4547
Code: <0f> 0b e9 2e f8 ff ff e8 57 b3 5d 00 0f 0b e9 00 f1 ff ff 89 e9 80
Call Trace:
vmx_leave_nested arch/x86/kvm/vmx/nested.c:6220 [inline]
nested_vmx_free_vcpu+0x83/0xc0 arch/x86/kvm/vmx/nested.c:330
vmx_free_vcpu+0x11f/0x2a0 arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmx.c:6799
kvm_arch_vcpu_destroy+0x6b/0x240 arch/x86/kvm/x86.c:10989
kvm_vcpu_destroy+0x29/0x90 arch/x86/kvm/../../../virt/kvm/kvm_main.c:441
kvm_free_vcpus arch/x86/kvm/x86.c:11426 [inline]
kvm_arch_destroy_vm+0x3ef/0x6b0 arch/x86/kvm/x86.c:11545
kvm_destroy_vm arch/x86/kvm/../../../virt/kvm/kvm_main.c:1189 [inline]
kvm_put_kvm+0x751/0xe40 arch/x86/kvm/../../../virt/kvm/kvm_main.c:1220
kvm_vcpu_release+0x53/0x60 arch/x86/kvm/../../../virt/kvm/kvm_main.c:3489
__fput+0x3fc/0x870 fs/file_table.c:280
task_work_run+0x146/0x1c0 kernel/task_work.c:164
exit_task_work include/linux/task_work.h:32 [inline]
do_exit+0x705/0x24f0 kernel/exit.c:832
do_group_exit+0x168/0x2d0 kernel/exit.c:929
get_signal+0x1740/0x2120 kernel/signal.c:2852
arch_do_signal_or_restart+0x9c/0x730 arch/x86/kernel/signal.c:868
handle_signal_work kernel/entry/common.c:148 [inline]
exit_to_user_mode_loop kernel/entry/common.c:172 [inline]
exit_to_user_mode_prepare+0x191/0x220 kernel/entry/common.c:207
__syscall_exit_to_user_mode_work kernel/entry/common.c:289 [inline]
syscall_exit_to_user_mode+0x2e/0x70 kernel/entry/common.c:300
do_syscall_64+0x53/0xd0 arch/x86/entry/common.c:86

Fixes: c8607e4a086f ("KVM: x86: nVMX: don't fail nested VM entry on invalid guest state if !from_vmentry")
Reviewed-by: Maxim Levitsky <>
Signed-off-by: Sean Christopherson <>
Message-Id: <>
Signed-off-by: Paolo Bonzini <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmx.c | 4 +---
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 3 deletions(-)

--- a/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmx.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmx.c
@@ -6612,9 +6612,7 @@ static fastpath_t vmx_vcpu_run(struct kv
* consistency check VM-Exit due to invalid guest state and bail.
if (unlikely(vmx->emulation_required)) {
- /* We don't emulate invalid state of a nested guest */
- vmx->fail = is_guest_mode(vcpu);
+ vmx->fail = 0;

vmx->exit_reason.full = EXIT_REASON_INVALID_STATE;
vmx->exit_reason.failed_vmentry = 1;

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