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Date:	Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:45:26 +0200
From:	Christian Borntraeger <borntraeger@...ibm.com>
To:	Paolo Bonzini <pbonzini@...hat.com>,
	David Matlack <dmatlack@...gle.com>,
	Gleb Natapov <gleb@...nel.org>, kvm@...r.kernel.org,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] kvm: don't take vcpu mutex for obviously invalid vcpu
 ioctls

On 09/22/2014 12:50 PM, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> Il 20/09/2014 01:03, David Matlack ha scritto:
>> vcpu ioctls can hang the calling thread if issued while a vcpu is
>> running. If we know ioctl is going to be rejected as invalid anyway,
>> we can fail before trying to take the vcpu mutex.
>>
>> This patch does not change functionality, it just makes invalid ioctls
>> fail faster.
>>
>> Signed-off-by: David Matlack <dmatlack@...gle.com>
>> ---
>>  virt/kvm/kvm_main.c | 4 ++++
>>  1 file changed, 4 insertions(+)
>>
>> diff --git a/virt/kvm/kvm_main.c b/virt/kvm/kvm_main.c
>> index 96ec622..f9234e5 100644
>> --- a/virt/kvm/kvm_main.c
>> +++ b/virt/kvm/kvm_main.c
>> @@ -52,6 +52,7 @@
>>  
>>  #include <asm/processor.h>
>>  #include <asm/io.h>
>> +#include <asm/ioctl.h>
>>  #include <asm/uaccess.h>
>>  #include <asm/pgtable.h>
>>  
>> @@ -1975,6 +1976,9 @@ static long kvm_vcpu_ioctl(struct file *filp,
>>  	if (vcpu->kvm->mm != current->mm)
>>  		return -EIO;
>>  
>> +	if (unlikely(_IOC_TYPE(ioctl) != KVMIO))
>> +		return -EINVAL;
>> +
>>  #if defined(CONFIG_S390) || defined(CONFIG_PPC) || defined(CONFIG_MIPS)
>>  	/*
>>  	 * Special cases: vcpu ioctls that are asynchronous to vcpu execution,
>>
> 
> Thanks, applying this patch.

Isnt that the wrong trade off?

We now have an extra condition check for every valid ioctl, to make an error case go faster.
I know, the extra check is just a 1 or 2 cycles if branch prediction is right, but still.

Christian

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