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Subject[PATCH 5.0 225/238] KVM: VMX: Compare only a single byte for VMCS "launched" in vCPU-run
5.0-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Sean Christopherson <>

commit 61c08aa9606d4e48a8a50639c956448a720174c3 upstream.

The vCPU-run asm blob does a manual comparison of a VMCS' launched
status to execute the correct VM-Enter instruction, i.e. VMLAUNCH vs.
VMRESUME. The launched flag is a bool, which is a typedef of _Bool.
C99 does not define an exact size for _Bool, stating only that is must
be large enough to hold '0' and '1'. Most, if not all, compilers use
a single byte for _Bool, including gcc[1].

Originally, 'launched' was of type 'int' and so the asm blob used 'cmpl'
to check the launch status. When 'launched' was moved to be stored on a
per-VMCS basis, struct vcpu_vmx's "temporary" __launched flag was added
in order to avoid having to pass the current VMCS into the asm blob.
The new '__launched' was defined as a 'bool' and not an 'int', but the
'cmp' instruction was not updated.

This has not caused any known problems, likely due to compilers aligning
variables to 4-byte or 8-byte boundaries and KVM zeroing out struct
vcpu_vmx during allocation. I.e. vCPU-run accesses "junk" data, it just
happens to always be zero and so doesn't affect the result.


Fixes: d462b8192368 ("KVM: VMX: Keep list of loaded VMCSs, instead of vcpus")
Cc: <>
Reviewed-by: Jim Mattson <>
Reviewed-by: Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk <>
Signed-off-by: Sean Christopherson <>
Signed-off-by: Paolo Bonzini <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmx.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

--- a/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmx.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmx.c
@@ -6399,7 +6399,7 @@ static void __vmx_vcpu_run(struct kvm_vc
"mov %%" _ASM_AX", %%cr2 \n\t"
"3: \n\t"
/* Check if vmlaunch or vmresume is needed */
- "cmpl $0, %c[launched](%%" _ASM_CX ") \n\t"
+ "cmpb $0, %c[launched](%%" _ASM_CX ") \n\t"
/* Load guest registers. Don't clobber flags. */
"mov %c[rax](%%" _ASM_CX "), %%" _ASM_AX " \n\t"
"mov %c[rbx](%%" _ASM_CX "), %%" _ASM_BX " \n\t"

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