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Re: [PATCH] x86: refine guest_mode()

On 22.05.2020 12:48, Roger Pau Monné wrote:
> On Fri, May 22, 2020 at 11:52:42AM +0200, Jan Beulich wrote:
>> On 20.05.2020 17:13, Roger Pau Monné wrote:
>>> OK, so I think I'm starting to understand this all. Sorry it's taken
>>> me so long. So it's my understanding that diff != 0 can only happen in
>>> Xen context, or when in an IST that has a different stack (ie: MCE, NMI
>>> or DF according to current.h) and running in PV mode?
>>> Wouldn't in then be fine to use (r)->cs & 3 to check we are in guest
>>> mode if diff != 0? I see a lot of other places where cs & 3 is already
>>> used to that effect AFAICT (like entry.S).
>> Technically this would be correct afaics, but the idea with all this
>> is (or should I say "looks to be"?) to have the checks be as tight as
>> possible, to make sure we don't mistakenly consider something "guest
>> mode" which really isn't. IOW your suggestion would be fine with me
>> if we could exclude bugs anywhere in the code. But since this isn't
>> realistic, I consider your suggestion to be relaxing things by too
>> much.
> OK, so I take that (long time) we might also want to change the cs & 3
> checks from entry.S to check against __HYPERVISOR_CS explicitly?

I didn't think so, no (not the least because of there not being any
guarantee afaik that EFI runtime calls couldn't play with segment
registers; they shouldn't, yes, but there's a lot of other "should"
many don't obey to). Those are guaranteed PV-only code paths. The
main issue here is that ->cs cannot be relied upon when a frame
points at HVM state.




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