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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 1/3] kvm: svm: Add support for additional SVM NPF error codes
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On 07/31/2017 03:05 PM, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
>
>>> There can be different cases where an L0->L2 shadow nested page table is
>>> marked read only, in particular when a page is read only in L1's nested
>>> page tables. If such a page is accessed by L2 while walking page tables
>>> it will cause a nested page fault (page table walks are write accesses).
>>> However, after kvm_mmu_unprotect_page you will get another page fault,
>>> and again in an endless stream.
>>>
>>> Instead, emulation would have caused a nested page fault vmexit, I think.
>>
>> If possible could you please give me some pointer on how to create this use
>> case so that we can get definitive answer.
>>
>> Looking at the code path is giving me indication that the new code
>> (the kvm_mmu_unprotect_page call) only happens if vcpu->arch.mmu_page_fault()
>> returns an indication that the instruction should be emulated. I would not
>> expect that to be the case scenario you described above since L1 making a page
>> read-only (this is a page table for L2) is an error and should result in #NPF
>> being injected into L1.
>
> The flow is:
>
> hardware walks page table; L2 page table points to read only memory
> -> pf_interception (code =
> -> kvm_handle_page_fault (need_unprotect = false)
> -> kvm_mmu_page_fault
> -> paging64_page_fault (for example)
> -> try_async_pf
> map_writable set to false
> -> paging64_fetch(write_fault = true, map_writable = false, prefault = false)
> -> mmu_set_spte(speculative = false, host_writable = false, write_fault = true)
> -> set_spte
> mmu_need_write_protect returns true
> return true
> write_fault == true -> set emulate = true
> return true
> return true
> return true
> emulate
>
> Without this patch, emulation would have called
>
> ..._gva_to_gpa_nested
> -> translate_nested_gpa
> -> paging64_gva_to_gpa
> -> paging64_walk_addr
> -> paging64_walk_addr_generic
> set fault (nested_page_fault=true)
>
> and then:
>
> kvm_propagate_fault
> -> nested_svm_inject_npf_exit
>

maybe then safer thing would be to qualify the new error_code check with
!mmu_is_nested(vcpu) or something like that. So that way it would run on
L1 guest, and not the L2 guest. I believe that would restrict it avoid
hitting this case. Are you okay with this change ?

IIRC, the main place where this check was valuable was when L1 guest had
a fault (when coming out of the L2 guest) and emulation was not needed.

-Brijesh

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