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SubjectRe: [patch V2 5/5] x86/kaiser: Add boottime disable switch
On Mon, 27 Nov 2017, Dave Hansen wrote:

> On 11/26/2017 03:14 PM, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> > --- a/security/Kconfig
> > +++ b/security/Kconfig
> > @@ -56,7 +56,7 @@ config SECURITY_NETWORK
> >
> > config KAISER
> > bool "Remove the kernel mapping in user mode"
> > - depends on X86_64 && SMP && !PARAVIRT
> > + depends on X86_64 && SMP && !PARAVIRT && JUMP_LABEL
> > help
> > This feature reduces the number of hardware side channels by
> > ensuring that the majority of kernel addresses are not mapped
>
> One of the reasons for doing the runtime-disable was to get rid of the
> !PARAVIRT dependency. I can add a follow-on here that will act as if we
> did "nokaiser" whenever Xen is in play so we can remove this dependency.
>
> I just hope Xen is detectable early enough to do the static patching.

Yes, it is. I'm currently trying to figure out why it fails on a KVM guest.

If I boot with 'nokaiser' on the command line it works. If kaiser is
runtime enabled then some early klibc user space in the ramdisk
explodes. Not sure yet whats going on.

Thanks,

tglx

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