lkml.org 
[lkml]   [2009]   [Jun]   [15]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
 
Messages in this thread
/
Date
From
SubjectRe: [tip:perfcounters/core] perf_counter: x86: Fix call-chain support to use NMI-safe methods
Ingo Molnar wrote:
>>>
>> I wouldn't actually expect that, *as long as* there is
>> serialization between the cr2 write and the cr2 read.
>
> Well, is there any OS that heavily relies on cr2 writes and which
> uses them from NMI context, and which CPU makers care about?
> (Meaning: Windows, pretty much.)
>
> If not then i agree that in theory it should work fine, but in
> practice we only know that we dont know the unknown risk here ;-)
>

I think you can drop "uses them from NMI context" from that statement;
writing to %cr2 is independent of the context.

I can try to find out internally what Intel's position on writing %cr2
is, but it'll take a while; however, KVM should be able to tell you if
any random OS uses %cr2 writes (as should a static disassembly of their
kernel.)

-hpa



\
 
 \ /
  Last update: 2009-06-15 21:03    [W:0.171 / U:2.516 seconds]
©2003-2020 Jasper Spaans|hosted at Digital Ocean and TransIP|Read the blog|Advertise on this site