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SubjectRe: [PATCH] KVM: SVM: fix trashing of MSR_TSC_AUX
On Wed, Jul 06, 2016 at 03:43:16PM +0200, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> I don't know what I was thinking when I wrote commit 46896c73c1a4 ("KVM:
> svm: add support for RDTSCP", 2015-11-12); I missed write_rdtscp_aux which
> obviously uses MSR_TSC_AUX.
> Therefore we do need to save/restore MSR_TSC_AUX in svm_vcpu_run.
> Cc:
> Cc: Borislav Petkov <>
> Fixes: 46896c73c1a4 ("KVM: svm: add support for RDTSCP")
> Signed-off-by: Paolo Bonzini <>

Something's still missing. I have a small program which does RDTSCP in
the guest:

$ taskset -c 3 ./rdtscp
aux1: 0x0
aux2: 0x0
p1: 195514968442, p2: 195515255582, 287140

and the aux things which are %ecx, are 0 (should be 3 in that case).

It did work with my patch with the RDTSCP intercept:

$ taskset -c 3 ./rdtscp
aux1: 0x3
aux2: 0x3
p1: 157117003683, p2: 157119280794, 2277111

Btw, just for my own understanding: if we don't intercept RDTSCP, does
it get emulated? Where does the TSC value come from, qemu?

Here's the program.


#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <unistd.h>

typedef unsigned long long u64;

#define DECLARE_ARGS(val, low, high) unsigned low, high
#define EAX_EDX_VAL(val, low, high) ((low) | ((u64)(high) << 32))
#define EAX_EDX_ARGS(val, low, high) "a" (low), "d" (high)
#define EAX_EDX_RET(val, low, high) "=a" (low), "=d" (high)

static __always_inline unsigned long long rdtscp(unsigned int *aux)
unsigned int lo, hi;

asm volatile("rdtscp" : "=a" (lo), "=d" (hi), "=c" (*aux));

return EAX_EDX_VAL(0, lo, hi);

int main()
unsigned long long p1, p2;
unsigned int aux;

p1 = rdtscp(&aux);
printf("aux1: 0x%x\n", aux);
p2 = rdtscp(&aux);
printf("aux2: 0x%x\n", aux);

printf("p1: %llu, p2: %llu, %lld\n", p1, p2, p2 - p1);

return 0;


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