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SubjectRe: [RFC Part1 PATCH v3 16/17] X86/KVM: Provide support to create Guest and HV shared per-CPU variables
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Hi Boris,

On 08/29/2017 05:22 AM, Borislav Petkov wrote:

[...]

> On Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 02:07:56PM -0500, Brijesh Singh wrote:
>> Some KVM specific MSR's (steal-time, asyncpf, avic_eio) allocates per-CPU
>
> MSRs
>
>> variable at compile time and share its physical address with hypervisor.
>
> That sentence needs changing - the MSRs don't allocate - for them gets
> allocated.
>
>> It presents a challege when SEV is active in guest OS, when SEV is active,
>> the guest memory is encrypted with guest key hence hypervisor will not
>> able to modify the guest memory. When SEV is active, we need to clear the
>> encryption attribute (aka C-bit) of shared physical addresses so that both
>> guest and hypervisor can access the data.
>
> This whole paragraph needs rewriting.
>

I will improve the commit message in next rev.

[...]

>> +/* NOTE: function is marked as __ref because it is used by __init functions */
>
> No need for that comment.
>
> What should you look into is why do you need to call the early versions:
>
> " * producing a warning (of course, no warning does not mean code is
> * correct, so optimally document why the __ref is needed and why it's OK)."
>
> And we do have the normal set_memory_decrypted() etc helpers so why
> aren't we using those?
>

Since kvm_guest_init() is called early in the boot process hence we will not
able to use set_memory_decrypted() function. IIRC, if we try calling
set_memory_decrypted() early then we will hit a BUG_ON [1] -- mainly when it
tries to flush the caches.

[1] http://elixir.free-electrons.com/linux/latest/source/arch/x86/mm/pageattr.c#L167



> If you need to use the early ones too, then you probably need to
> differentiate this in the callers by passing a "bool early", which calls
> the proper flavor.
>

Sure I can rearrange code to make it more readable and use "bool early"
parameter to differentiate it.


>> +static int __ref kvm_map_hv_shared_decrypted(void)
>> +{
>> + static int once, ret;
>> + int cpu;
>> +
>> + if (once)
>> + return ret;
>
> So this function gets called per-CPU but you need to do this ugly "once"
> thing - i.e., global function called in a per-CPU context.
>
> Why can't you do that mapping only on the current CPU and then
> when that function is called on the next CPU, it will do the same thing
> on that next CPU?
>


Yes, it can be done but I remember running into issues during the CPU hot plug.
The patch uses early_set_memory_decrypted() -- which calls
kernel_physical_mapping_init() to split the large pages into smaller. IIRC, the
API did not work after the system is successfully booted. After the system is
booted we must use the set_memory_decrypted().

I was trying to avoid mixing early and no-early set_memory_decrypted() but if
feedback is: use early_set_memory_decrypted() only if its required otherwise
use set_memory_decrypted() then I can improve the logic in next rev. thanks


[...]

>> diff --git a/include/asm-generic/vmlinux.lds.h b/include/asm-generic/vmlinux.lds.h
>> index da0be9a..52854cf 100644
>> --- a/include/asm-generic/vmlinux.lds.h
>> +++ b/include/asm-generic/vmlinux.lds.h
>> @@ -783,6 +783,9 @@
>> . = ALIGN(cacheline); \
>> *(.data..percpu) \
>> *(.data..percpu..shared_aligned) \
>> + . = ALIGN(PAGE_SIZE); \
>> + *(.data..percpu..hv_shared) \
>> + . = ALIGN(PAGE_SIZE); \
>> VMLINUX_SYMBOL(__per_cpu_end) = .;
>
> Yeah, no, you can't do that. That's adding this section unconditionally
> on *every* arch. You need to do some ifdeffery like it is done at the
> beginning of that file and have this only on the arch which supports SEV.
>


Will do . thanks

-Brijesh

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