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SubjectRe: [RFC] x86, NMI, Treat unknown NMI as hardware error

* Don Zickus <dzickus@redhat.com> wrote:

> On Fri, May 13, 2011 at 04:23:38PM +0800, Huang Ying wrote:
> > In general, unknown NMI is used by hardware and firmware to notify
> > fatal hardware errors to OS. So the Linux should treat unknown NMI as
> > hardware error and go panic upon unknown NMI for better error
> > containment.
>
> I have a couple of concerns about this patch. One I don't think BIOSes
> are ready for this. I have Intel Westmere boxes that say they have a
> valid HEST, GHES, and EINJ table, but when I inject an error there is no
> GHES record. This leaves me with an unknown NMI and panic. Yeah, it is a
> BIOS bug I guess, but I think vendors are going to be slow fixing all this
> stuff (my Nehalem box is in even worse shape with this stuff).

Agreed, doing this is not a very good idea - we have spurious unknown NMIs
again and again, crashing the box is not a good idea.

What should be done instead is to add an event for unknown NMIs, which can then
be processed by the RAS daemon to implement policy.

By using 'active' event filters it could even be set on a system to panic the
box by default.

Thanks,

Ingo


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