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SubjectRe: [patch 28/60] x86/mm/kpti: Disable global pages if KERNEL_PAGE_TABLE_ISOLATION=y
On Mon, Dec 04, 2017 at 03:07:34PM +0100, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> From: Dave Hansen <>
> Global pages stay in the TLB across context switches. Since all contexts
> share the same kernel mapping, these mappings are marked as global pages
> so kernel entries in the TLB are not flushed out on a context switch.
> But, even having these entries in the TLB opens up something that an
> attacker can use, such as the double-page-fault attack:
> That means that even when KERNEL_PAGE_TABLE_ISOLATION switches page tables
> on return to user space the global pages would stay in the TLB cache.
> Disable global pages so that kernel TLB entries can be flushed before
> returning to user space. This way, all accesses to kernel addresses from
> userspace result in a TLB miss independent of the existence of a kernel
> mapping.
> Supress global pages via the __supported_pte_mask. The user space



Reviewed-by: Borislav Petkov <>


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