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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] kvm,x86: Exit to user space in case of page fault error
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Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@redhat.com> writes:

> On Tue, Jun 30, 2020 at 03:24:43PM +0200, Vitaly Kuznetsov wrote:

>>
>> It's probably me who's missing something important here :-) but I think
>> you describe how it *should* work as I'm not seeing how we can leave the
>> loop in kvm_async_pf_task_wait_schedule() other than by
>> "if (hlist_unhashed(&n.link)) break;" and this only happens when APF
>> completes.
>
> We don't leave loop in kvm_async_pf_task_wait_schedule(). It will happen
> before you return to user space.
>
> I have not looked too closely but I think following code path might be taken
> after aync PF has completed.
>
> __kvm_handle_async_pf()
> idtentry_exit_cond_rcu()
> prepare_exit_to_usermode()
> __prepare_exit_to_usermode()
> exit_to_usermode_loop()
> do_signal()
>
> So once you have been woken up (because APF completed),

Ah, OK so we still need to complete APF and we can't kill the process
before this happens, that's what I was missing.

> you will
> return to user space and before that you will check if there are
> pending signals and handle that signal first before user space
> gets a chance to run again and retry faulting instruction.

...

>
>>
>> When guest receives the 'page ready' event with an error it (like for
>> every other 'page ready' event) tries to wake up the corresponding
>> process but if the process is dead already it can do in-kernel probing
>> of the GFN, this way we guarantee that the error is always injected. I'm
>> not sure if it is needed though but in case it is, this can be a
>> solution. We can add a new feature bit and only deliver errors when the
>> guest indicates that it knows what to do with them.
>
> - Process will be delivered singal after async PF completion and during
> returning to user space. You have lost control by then.
>

So actually there's no way for kernel to know if the userspace process
managed to re-try the instruction and get the error injected or if it
was killed prior to that.

> - If you retry in kernel, we will change the context completely that
> who was trying to access the gfn in question. We want to retain
> the real context and retain information who was trying to access
> gfn in question.

(Just so I understand the idea better) does the guest context matter to
the host? Or, more specifically, are we going to do anything besides
get_user_pages() which will actually analyze who triggered the access
*in the guest*?

--
Vitaly

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