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Subject[RESEND PATCH v6 12/12] x86/fsgsbase/64: Add documentation for FSGSBASE
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From: Andi Kleen <ak@linux.intel.com>

v2: Minor updates to documentation requested in review.
v3: Update for new gcc and various improvements.

Signed-off-by: Andi Kleen <ak@linux.intel.com>
Signed-off-by: Chang S. Bae <chang.seok.bae@intel.com>
Cc: Andy Lutomirski <luto@kernel.org>
Cc: H. Peter Anvin <hpa@zytor.com>
Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org>
---
Documentation/x86/fsgs.txt | 104 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
1 file changed, 104 insertions(+)
create mode 100644 Documentation/x86/fsgs.txt

diff --git a/Documentation/x86/fsgs.txt b/Documentation/x86/fsgs.txt
new file mode 100644
index 000000000000..7a973a5c1767
--- /dev/null
+++ b/Documentation/x86/fsgs.txt
@@ -0,0 +1,104 @@
+
+Using FS and GS prefixes on 64bit x86 linux
+
+The x86 architecture supports segment prefixes per instruction to add an
+offset to an address. On 64bit x86, these are mostly nops, except for FS
+and GS.
+
+This offers an efficient way to reference a global pointer.
+
+The compiler has to generate special code to use these base registers,
+or they can be accessed with inline assembler.
+
+ mov %gs:offset,%reg
+ mov %fs:offset,%reg
+
+On 64bit code, FS is used to address the thread local segment (TLS), declared using
+__thread. The compiler then automatically generates the correct prefixes and
+relocations to access these values.
+
+FS is normally managed by the runtime code or the threading library
+Overwriting it can break a lot of things (including syscalls and gdb),
+but it can make sense to save/restore it for threading purposes.
+
+GS is freely available, but may need special (compiler or inline assembler)
+code to use.
+
+Traditionally 64bit FS and GS could be set by the arch_prctl system call
+
+ arch_prctl(ARCH_SET_GS, value)
+ arch_prctl(ARCH_SET_FS, value)
+
+[There was also an older method using modify_ldt(), inherited from 32bit,
+but this is not discussed here.]
+
+However using a syscall is problematic for user space threading libraries
+that want to context switch in user space. The whole point of them
+is avoiding the overhead of a syscall. It's also cleaner for compilers
+wanting to use the extra register to use instructions to write
+it, or read it directly to compute addresses and offsets.
+
+Newer Intel CPUs (Ivy Bridge and later) added new instructions to directly
+access these registers quickly from user context
+
+ RDFSBASE %reg read the FS base (or _readfsbase_u64)
+ RDGSBASE %reg read the GS base (or _readgsbase_u64)
+
+ WRFSBASE %reg write the FS base (or _writefsbase_u64)
+ WRGSBASE %reg write the GS base (or _writegsbase_u64)
+
+If you use the intrinsics include <immintrin.h> and set the -mfsgsbase option.
+
+The instructions are supported by the CPU when the "fsgsbase" string is shown in
+/proc/cpuinfo (or directly retrieved through the CPUID instruction,
+7:0 (ebx), word 9, bit 0)
+
+The instructions are only available to 64bit binaries.
+
+In addition the kernel needs to explicitly enable these instructions, as it
+may otherwise not correctly context switch the state. Newer Linux
+kernels enable this. When the kernel did not enable the instruction
+they will fault with an #UD exception.
+
+An FSGSBASE enabled kernel can be detected by checking the AT_HWCAP2
+bitmask in the aux vector. When the HWCAP2_FSGSBASE bit is set the
+kernel supports FSGSBASE.
+
+ #include <sys/auxv.h>
+ #include <elf.h>
+
+ /* Will be eventually in asm/hwcap.h */
+ #define HWCAP2_FSGSBASE (1 << 1)
+
+ unsigned val = getauxval(AT_HWCAP2);
+ if (val & HWCAP2_FSGSBASE) {
+ asm("wrgsbase %0" :: "r" (ptr));
+ }
+
+No extra CPUID check needed as the kernel will not set this bit if the CPU
+does not support it.
+
+gcc 6 will have special support to directly access data relative
+to fs/gs using the __seg_fs and __seg_gs address space pointer
+modifiers.
+
+#ifndef __SEG_GS
+#error "Need gcc 6 or later"
+#endif
+
+struct gsdata {
+ int a;
+ int b;
+} gsdata = { 1, 2 };
+
+int __seg_gs *valp = 0; /* offset relative to GS */
+
+ /* Check if kernel supports FSGSBASE as above */
+
+ /* Set up new GS */
+ asm("wrgsbase %0" :: "r" (&gsdata));
+
+ /* Now the global pointer can be used normally */
+ printf("gsdata.a = %d\n", *valp);
+
+Andi Kleen
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2.19.1
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