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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH 2/2] x86/ldt: allow to disable modify_ldt at runtime

On Tue, Aug 04, 2015 at 05:54:51AM +0200, Borislav Petkov wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 03, 2015 at 11:45:24AM -0700, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> > P.P.P.S.  Who thought that IRET faults unmasking NMIs made any sense
> > whatsoever when NMIs run on an IST stack?  Seriously, people?
> What happened with asking Intel for a sane IRET-NG?
> Should be relatively easy - take the current IRET microcode, get rid
> of the nasty crap, allocate a new opcode and done. Validation should
> actually have *less* to do and can reuse all current test cases.

Even easier, just add a few flags (probably 2 or 3 only) that IRET can
check to adjust its behaviour. Basically "don't re-enable NMIs yet",
maybe something to adjust the behaviour on bad CS/SS/SP/IP and a few
such things could possibly help. Maybe all of this could be summarized
as a single flag "I'm in a fault handler".


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