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SubjectRe: [Xen-devel] [PATCH 10/24] xen: mask XSAVE from cpuid
On Tue, 17 Mar 2009 12:56:21 +0100
Andi Kleen <> wrote:

> > The point is YOU DON'T KNOW. In particular, there might be new
> > traps, there might be new state, there might be new MSRs, there
> > might be new control bits... anything. Therefore, you cannot
> > blindly pass the bit on, even though XSAVE solves one part of the
> > problem.
> I think what will happen if you don't expose it is that there will
> be always hypervisors which are behind and applications/OS will end up
> doing probing for opcodes instead of trusting CPUID bits.
> Probably not what you intended.

well the choice fundamentally is
1) Have correct applications work, even though you might not always get
all new features that the hardware could have done.. at the expense
that someone who wants to do horrible things can
2) Have all latest features always there, but break correctly written
apps/oses every 2 years.

I'd go for option 1 any day of the week, hands down.
Esp if the "cpu cloaking" kind of things really disable the
instructions... but even without.

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