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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] x86/amd: fix crash as Xen Dom0 on AMD Trinity systems

>>> On 30.05.12 at 15:10, Andre Przywara <andre.przywara@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> Because we are behind a family check before tweaking the topology
> bit, we can use the standard rd/wrmsr variants for the CPUID feature
> register.
> This fixes a crash when using the kernel as a Xen Dom0 on affected
> Trinity systems. The wrmsrl_amd_safe is not properly paravirtualized
> yet (this will be fixed in another patch).

I'm not following: If the AMD variants (putting a special value into
%edi) can be freely replaced by the non-AMD variants, why did
the AMD special ones get used in the first place?

Further, I can't see how checking_wrmsrl() is being paravirtualized
any better than wrmsrl_amd_safe() - both have nothing but an
exception handling fixup attached to the wrmsr invocation. Care
to point out what actual crash it is that was seen?

Finally, I would question whether re-enabling the topology
extensions under Xen shouldn't be skipped altogether, perhaps
even on Dom0 (as the hypervisor is controlling this MSR, but in
any case on DomU - the hypervisor won't allow (read: ignore,
not fault on) the write anyway (and will log a message for each
(v)CPU that attempts this).


> Signed-off-by: Andre Przywara <andre.przywara@xxxxxxx>
> Cc: stable@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx # 3.4+
> ---
>  arch/x86/kernel/cpu/amd.c |    4 ++--
>  1 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/amd.c b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/amd.c
> index 146bb62..80ccd99 100644
> --- a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/amd.c
> +++ b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/amd.c
> @@ -586,9 +586,9 @@ static void __cpuinit init_amd(struct cpuinfo_x86 *c)
>           !cpu_has(c, X86_FEATURE_TOPOEXT)) {
>               u64 val;
> -             if (!rdmsrl_amd_safe(0xc0011005, &val)) {
> +             if (!rdmsrl_safe(0xc0011005, &val)) {
>                       val |= 1ULL << 54;
> -                     wrmsrl_amd_safe(0xc0011005, val);
> +                     checking_wrmsrl(0xc0011005, val);
>                       rdmsrl(0xc0011005, val);
>                       if (val & (1ULL << 54)) {
>                               set_cpu_cap(c, X86_FEATURE_TOPOEXT);

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