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SubjectRe: [RFC] KVM: arm/arm64: Introduce KVM_DEV_ARM_ITS_CTRL_RESET
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On Thu, Sep 14 2017 at 10:57:28 am BST, Eric Auger <eric.auger@redhat.com> wrote:
> At the moment, the in-kernel emulated ITS is not properly reset.
> On guest restart/reset some registers keep their old values and
> internal structures like device, ITE, collection lists are not emptied.
>
> This may lead to various bugs. Among them, we can have incorrect state
> backup or failure when saving the ITS state at early guest boot stage.
>
> This patch introduces a new attribute, KVM_DEV_ARM_ITS_CTRL_RESET in
> the KVM_DEV_ARM_VGIC_GRP_CTRL group.
>
> Upon this action, we can invalidate the various memory structures
> pointed by GITS_BASERn and GITS_CBASER, free the ITS internal caches
> and reset the relevant registers.
>
> Signed-off-by: Eric Auger <eric.auger@redhat.com>
>
> ---
>
> An alternative would consist in having the userspace writing
> individual registers with default values: GITS_BASERn, GITS_CBASER
> and GITS_CTLR. On kernel side we would reset related lists when
> detecting the valid bit is set to false.

I'm not sure this is necessarily a "either/or" situation. It looks to me
that we're not completely doing the right thing when writing to the
GITS_BASER registers, and that writing a new value (with the valid bit
set or not) should have an action of some sort on the fate of the
existing mappings.

Thoughts?

M.
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Jazz is not dead. It just smells funny.

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