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Date:	Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:01:48 +0800
From:	Xiao Guangrong <>
	Xiao Guangrong <>
Subject: [PATCH 4/5] KVM: MMU: flush tlb if the spte can be locklessly modified

Relax the tlb flush condition since we will write-protect the spte out of mmu
lock. Note lockless write-protection only marks the writable spte to readonly
and the spte can be writable only if both SPTE_HOST_WRITEABLE and
SPTE_MMU_WRITEABLE are set (that are tested by spte_is_locklessly_modifiable)

This patch is used to avoid this kind of race:

      VCPU 0                         VCPU 1
lockless wirte protection:
      set spte.w = 0
                                 lock mmu-lock

                                 write protection the spte to sync shadow page,
                                 see spte.w = 0, then without flush tlb

				 unlock mmu-lock

                                 !!! At this point, the shadow page can still be
                                     writable due to the corrupt tlb entry
     Flush all TLB

Reviewed-by: Marcelo Tosatti <>
Signed-off-by: Xiao Guangrong <>
 arch/x86/kvm/mmu.c | 3 ++-
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/kvm/mmu.c b/arch/x86/kvm/mmu.c
index b8468c8..17bb136 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kvm/mmu.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kvm/mmu.c
@@ -595,7 +595,8 @@ static bool mmu_spte_update(u64 *sptep, u64 new_spte)
 	 * we always atomicly update it, see the comments in
 	 * spte_has_volatile_bits().
-	if (is_writable_pte(old_spte) && !is_writable_pte(new_spte))
+	if (spte_is_locklessly_modifiable(old_spte) &&
+	      !is_writable_pte(new_spte))
 		ret = true;
 	if (!shadow_accessed_mask)

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