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SubjectRe: [RFC 04/10] x86/mm: Only flush indirect branches when switching into non dumpable process
On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 08:22:55PM +0100, KarimAllah Ahmed wrote:
> From: Tim Chen <tim.c.chen@linux.intel.com>
>
> Flush indirect branches when switching into a process that marked
> itself non dumpable. This protects high value processes like gpg
> better, without having too high performance overhead.

So if I understand it right, this is only needed if the 'other'
executable itself is susceptible to spectre. If say someone audited gpg
for spectre-v1 and build it with retpoline, it would be safe to not
issue the IBPB, right?

So would it make sense to provide an ELF flag / personality thing such
that userspace can indicate its spectre-safe?

I realize that this is all future work, because so far auditing for v1
is a lot of pain (we need better tools), but would it be something that
makes sense in the longer term?

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