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Re: [PATCH v2 0/8] x86/PV: avoid speculation abuse through guest accessors

On 19.02.2021 16:50, Ian Jackson wrote:
> Jan Beulich writes ("[PATCH v2 0/8] x86/PV: avoid speculation abuse through 
> guest accessors"):
>> Re-sending primarily for the purpose of getting a release ack, an
>> explicit release nak, or an indication of there not being a need,
>> all for at least the first three patches here (which are otherwise
>> ready to go in). I've dropped the shadow part of the series from
>> this re-submission, because it has all got reviewed by Tim already
>> and is intended for 4.16 only anyway. I'm re-including the follow
>> up patches getting the code base in consistent shape again, as I
>> continue to think this consistency goal is at least worth a
>> consideration towards a freeze exception.
>> 1: split __{get,put}_user() into "guest" and "unsafe" variants
>> 2: split __copy_{from,to}_user() into "guest" and "unsafe" variants
>> 3: PV: harden guest memory accesses against speculative abuse
> These three:
> Release-Acked-by: Ian Jackson <iwj@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> On the grounds that this is probably severe enough to be a blocking
> issue for 4.15.
>> 4: rename {get,put}_user() to {get,put}_guest()
>> 5: gdbsx: convert "user" to "guest" accesses
>> 6: rename copy_{from,to}_user() to copy_{from,to}_guest_pv()
>> 7: move stac()/clac() from {get,put}_unsafe_asm() ...
>> 8: PV: use get_unsafe() instead of copy_from_unsafe()
> These have not got a maintainer review yet.  To grant a release-ack
> I'd like an explanation of the downsides and upsides of taking this
> series in 4.15 ?
> You say "consistency" but in practical terms, what will happen if the
> code is not "conxistent" in this sense ?
> I'd also like to hear from aother hypervisor maintainer.

Meanwhile they have been reviewed by Roger. Are you willing to
give them, perhaps with the exception of 7, a release ack as




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