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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC 1/3] x86/kvm/vmx: read MSR_FS_BASE from current->thread
Andy Lutomirski <> writes:

> On Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 10:55 AM, Vitaly Kuznetsov <> wrote:
>> vmx_save_host_state() is only called from kvm_arch_vcpu_ioctl_run() so
>> the context is pretty well defined
> True.
>> and MSR_FS_BASE should always be
>> equal to current->thread.fsbase.
> Not true. current->thread.fsbase is almost entirely undefined in this
> context. What you *could* do is export save_fsgs() and call it first.
> When FSGSBASE support lands (which will happen eventually!), the code
> in your patch will be completely wrong.
> Admittedly, your patch isn't 100% bogus, but the reason is subtle and
> you need lots of comments there *and* in save_fsgs().

Just to make sure I understand the reason,

Currently, the only way for processes to change FS/GS base is to call
ARCH_SET_FS/GS prctls and these reflect the changes they make in
thread.fs/gsbase so *conceptually* reading them is OK now.

Now there's so called X86_BUG_NULL_SEG: on Intel CPUs writing '0' to
FS/GS selectors zeroes the base (and on AMDs it doesn't). save_fsgs()
checks fs/gs selectors and adjusts thread.fs/gsbase
accordingly. (de-facto no-issue for my patch as it only touches Intel's
VMX but we don't want to rely on vendor, detect_null_seg_behavior() does
real check of the behavior).

Now FSGSBASE support comes to play. Userspace will start changing FS/GS
base without kernel's intervention so we really need to do read if we
want to figure out what's there. Luckily, reads are now cheaper thanks
to new instructions.

So what I think we need to do here is introduce "sync_process_fs_gs()"
('save_fsgs' now) api which we will call from both __switch_to() and
KVM's vmx_save_host_state() before reading thread.fs/gsbase.


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