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

> On Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 08:00:19PM +0100, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> > 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.
>
> I'm also seeing weirdness with PARAVIRT+KAISER on kvm. The symptoms
> aren't consistent. Sometimes it boots, sometimes it hangs before the
> login prompt, sometimes there are user space seg faults.
>
> It almost seems like the interrupt handler is corrupting user space
> state somehow.
>
> This is with tip/WIP.x86/mm plus a patch to remove the KAISER dependency
> on !PARAVIRT.

See the patches I posted. Its the PV patching of flush_tlb_single() ...

Thanks,

tglx

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