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SubjectRe: [PATCH 02/16] KVM: x86/mmu: Introduce a slot flag to zap only slot leafs on slot deletion
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On Thu, May 16, 2024, Kai Huang wrote:
> > > You had said up the thread, why not opt all non-normal VMs into the new
> > > behavior. It will work great for TDX. But why do SEV and others want this
> > > automatically?
> >
> > Because I want flexibility in KVM, i.e. I want to take the opportunity to try and
> > break away from KVM's godawful ABI. It might be a pipe dream, as keying off the
> > VM type obviously has similar risks to giving userspace a memslot flag. The one
> > sliver of hope is that the VM types really are quite new (though less so for SEV
> > and SEV-ES), whereas a memslot flag would be easily applied to existing VMs.
>
> Btw, does the "zap-leaf-only" approach always have better performance,
> assuming we have to hold MMU write lock for that?

I highly doubt it, especially given how much the TDP MMU can now do with mmu_lock
held for read.

> Consider a huge memslot being deleted/moved.
>
> If we can always have a better performance for "zap-leaf-only", then instead
> of letting userspace to opt-in this feature, we perhaps can do the opposite:
>
> We always do the "zap-leaf-only" in KVM, but add a quirk for the VMs that
> userspace know can have such bug and apply this quirk.

Hmm, a quirk isn't a bad idea. It suffers the same problems as a memslot flag,
i.e. who knows when it's safe to disable the quirk, but I would hope userspace
would be much, much cautious about disabling a quirk that comes with a massive
disclaimer.

Though I suspect Paolo will shoot this down too ;-)

> But again, I think it's just too overkill for TDX. We can just set the
> ZAP_LEAF_ONLY flag for the slot when it is created in KVM.

Ya, I'm convinced that adding uAPI is overkill at this point.

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