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SubjectRe: [RFC 00/16] KVM protected memory extension

On 26/05/2020 9:17, Mike Rapoport wrote:
> On Mon, May 25, 2020 at 04:47:18PM +0300, Liran Alon wrote:
>> On 22/05/2020 15:51, Kirill A. Shutemov wrote:
>> Furthermore, I would like to point out that just unmapping guest data from
>> kernel direct-map is not sufficient to prevent all
>> guest-to-guest info-leaks via a kernel memory info-leak vulnerability. This
>> is because host kernel VA space have other regions
>> which contains guest sensitive data. For example, KVM per-vCPU struct (which
>> holds vCPU state) is allocated on slab and therefore
>> still leakable.
> Objects allocated from slab use the direct map, vmalloc() is another story.
It doesn't matter. This patch series, like XPFO, only removes guest
memory pages from direct-map.
Not things such as KVM per-vCPU structs. That's why Julian & Marius
(AWS), created the "Process local kernel VA region" patch-series
that declare a single PGD entry, which maps a kernelspace region, to
have different PFN between different tasks.
For more information, see my KVM Forum talk slides I gave in previous
reply and related AWS patch-series:
>>> - Touching direct mapping leads to fragmentation. We need to be able to
>>> recover from it. I have a buggy patch that aims at recovering 2M/1G page.
>>> It has to be fixed and tested properly
>> As I've mentioned above, not mapping all guest memory from 1GB hugetlbfs
>> will lead to holes in kernel direct-map which force it to not be mapped
>> anymore as a series of 1GB huge-pages.
>> This have non-trivial performance cost. Thus, I am not sure addressing this
>> use-case is valuable.
> Out of curiosity, do we actually have some numbers for the "non-trivial
> performance cost"? For instance for KVM usecase?
Dig into XPFO mailing-list discussions to find out...
I just remember that this was one of the main concerns regarding XPFO.


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