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Subject[patch V2 6/7] x86/kvm/svm: Use uninstrumented wrmsrl() to restore GS
From: Thomas Gleixner <>

On guest exit MSR_GS_BASE contains whatever the guest wrote to it and the
first action after returning from the ASM code is to set it to the host
kernel value. This uses wrmsrl() which is interesting at least.

wrmsrl() is either using native_write_msr() or the paravirt variant. The
XEN_PV code is uninteresting as nested SVM in a XEN_PV guest does not work.

But native_write_msr() can be placed out of line by the compiler especially
when paravirtualization is enabled in the kernel configuration. The
function is marked notrace, but still can be probed if

That would be a fatal problem as kprobe events use per-CPU variables which
are GS based and would be accessed with the guest GS. Depending on the GS
value this would either explode in colorful ways or lead to completely
undebugable data corruption.

Aside of that native_write_msr() contains a tracepoint which objtool
complains about as it is invoked from the noinstr section.

As this cannot run inside a XEN_PV guest there is no point in using
wrmsrl(). Use native_wrmsrl() instead which is just a plain native WRMSR
without tracing or anything else attached.

Signed-off-by: Thomas Gleixner <>
Acked-by: Juergen Gross <>
arch/x86/kvm/svm/svm.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

--- a/arch/x86/kvm/svm/svm.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kvm/svm/svm.c
@@ -3370,7 +3370,7 @@ static noinstr void svm_vcpu_enter_exit(
__svm_vcpu_run(svm->vmcb_pa, (unsigned long *)&svm->vcpu.arch.regs);

#ifdef CONFIG_X86_64
- wrmsrl(MSR_GS_BASE, svm->host.gs_base);
+ native_wrmsrl(MSR_GS_BASE, svm->host.gs_base);
loadsegment(fs, svm->host.fs);
#ifndef CONFIG_X86_32_LAZY_GS
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