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SubjectRe: [PATCH v8 7/8] KVM: x86: Introduce MSR filtering
On Fri, Sep 25, 2020 at 7:35 AM Alexander Graf <graf@amazon.com> wrote:
>
> It's not desireable to have all MSRs always handled by KVM kernel space. Some
> MSRs would be useful to handle in user space to either emulate behavior (like
> uCode updates) or differentiate whether they are valid based on the CPU model.
>
> To allow user space to specify which MSRs it wants to see handled by KVM,
> this patch introduces a new ioctl to push filter rules with bitmaps into
> KVM. Based on these bitmaps, KVM can then decide whether to reject MSR access.
> With the addition of KVM_CAP_X86_USER_SPACE_MSR it can also deflect the
> denied MSR events to user space to operate on.
>
> If no filter is populated, MSR handling stays identical to before.
>
> Signed-off-by: Alexander Graf <graf@amazon.com>

Reviewed-by: Aaron Lewis <aaronlewis@google.com>

>
> ---
>
> v2 -> v3:
>
> - document flags for KVM_X86_ADD_MSR_ALLOWLIST
> - generalize exit path, always unlock when returning
> - s/KVM_CAP_ADD_MSR_ALLOWLIST/KVM_CAP_X86_MSR_ALLOWLIST/g
> - Add KVM_X86_CLEAR_MSR_ALLOWLIST
>
> v3 -> v4:
> - lock allow check and clearing
> - free bitmaps on clear
>

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