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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 11/11] KVM: x86: emulator/smm: preserve interrupt shadow in SMRAM
On Tue, Jun 21, 2022 at 8:09 AM Maxim Levitsky <> wrote:
> When #SMI is asserted, the CPU can be in interrupt shadow
> due to sti or mov ss.
> It is not mandatory in Intel/AMD prm to have the #SMI
> blocked during the shadow, and on top of
> that, since neither SVM nor VMX has true support for SMI
> window, waiting for one instruction would mean single stepping
> the guest.
> Instead, allow #SMI in this case, but both reset the interrupt
> window and stash its value in SMRAM to restore it on exit
> from SMM.
> This fixes rare failures seen mostly on windows guests on VMX,
> when #SMI falls on the sti instruction which mainfest in
> VM entry failure due to EFLAGS.IF not being set, but STI interrupt
> window still being set in the VMCS.

I think you're just making stuff up! See Note #5 at

Can you reference the vendors' documentation that supports this change?

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