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Date:   Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:09:53 +0100
From:   Borislav Petkov <bp@...e.de>
To:     Andy Lutomirski <luto@...nel.org>
Cc:     X86 ML <x86@...nel.org>,
        "linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        Brian Gerst <brgerst@...il.com>,
        Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@...el.com>,
        Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>,
        Josh Poimboeuf <jpoimboe@...hat.com>
Subject: Re: Stack switching plan of attack (Re: [PATCH v2 00/18] Entry stack
 switching)

On Thu, Nov 23, 2017 at 07:50:59AM -0800, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> 1. There needs to be a way to turn it off to get the performance hit
> under control.  I'm leaning toward a boot-time switch, and we can turn
> it into a runtime switch later on.  Thoughts?

Yes, we need a runtime switch off for machines/vendors which might not
be affected.

> I don't care too much about idtentry performance, but syscall
> performance matters a lot, and my patches slow it down. I probably
> need to benchmark to see whether

Yeah, having numbers here would be good.

> there's any point to turning *entry* stack switching off, but we
> definitely need to turn *exit* stack switching off when it's not
> needed.
>
> (Entry stack switching doesn't directly affect SYSCALL, and I've
> structured the SYSCALL code so that the entry part can be turned on
> and off just by changing the entry target MSR.)
>
> 2. The TSS should be RO.  Otherwise I think it's just too big a
> security regression.
>
> and possibly 3: fix the existing performance regression on Atom
> syscalls.  That's easy-ish, but it's ugly and stupid.
>
> I'm assuming that KAISER itself will miss the merge window and that
> we'll just deal with it.

4. Backporting the whole crap is another PITA topic...

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